Best of the Millennium

September 21, 2009

#16: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides 0

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At the center of this story Jeffrey Eugenides has placed the two great standards of the human race: a pair of genitals, and a heart.

September 21, 2009

#17: The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem 4

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I think of Jonathan Lethem as the poet laureate of gentrification.

September 21, 2009

#18: Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link 2

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I admire imagination and craft, in equal measure. Kelly Link is one of the very few who have both in seemingly limitless quantity.

September 21, 2009

#19: American Genius, A Comedy by Lynne Tillman 1

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In American Genius, a Comedy, Tillman becomes, in effect, a dozen Ellingtons conducting a monumental symphony played by an orchestra consisting of a single multifarious instrument.

September 21, 2009

#20: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson 0

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The book’s modest, carefully planed language and its concern with primary human needs make it timeless.

September 21, 2009

The Best Fiction of the Millennium (So Far): An Introduction 77

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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.

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