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by Laura Miller
My friends ask me if I am happy to be back in New York City. I am not.
Tucked up in the corners of convention centers, these bookish cons are full of people skipping out on all the programming to read, a curious sort of collective solitude on display.
We recently conducted a poll of our regular contributors and our favorite writers, editors, and critics, asking a single question: "What are the best books of fiction of the millennium, so far?" The results were robust, diverse, and surprising. This week, we'll be counting down the Top 20.