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General fiction books published in the 21st C which are best-sellers, award-winners or otherwise have literary merit. As a guide no more than 6 books by an author should be included (some flexibility for particularly merit-worthy authors)

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Ann Beattie
   wrote   
The New Yorker Stories
2010
Barbara Kingsolver
   wrote   
Flight Behavior
2012 critically acclaimed novel
Barbara Kingsolver
   wrote   
The Lacuna
2009
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
   wrote   
The Prisoner of Heaven
2011
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
   wrote   
The Shadow of the Wind
2001, translated into English, 2004
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
   wrote   
Half of a Yellow Sun
Nigerian writer; 2006; tells the story of two sisters during the Biafran War
Chuck Palahniuk
   wrote   
Choke
2002
Dai Sijie
   wrote   
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Translated from French by Ina Rilke, 2002
Dai Sijie
   wrote   
Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch
Trans, 2005 by Ina Rilke
Dai Sijie
   wrote   
Once on a Moonless Night
Trans by Adriana Hunter, 2009
Edward P. Jones
   wrote   
The Known World
2003
Graham Swift
   wrote   
The Light of Day
2003
Graham Swift
   wrote   
Tomorrow
2007
Greg Ippolito
   wrote   
Zero Station
2010
Jenny Downham
   wrote   
Before I Die
British novelist, born 1964; book short-listed for the Guardian Award, 2007; tells the story of a young girl dying of leukemia
Jonathan Franzen
   wrote   
The Corrections
2002
Jonathan Franzen
   wrote   
Freedom
2010
Joyce Carol Oates
   wrote   
A Fair Maiden
2010
Joyce Carol Oates
   wrote   
Little Bird of Heaven
2009
Joyce Carol Oates
   wrote   
My Sister, My Love
2008
Larry McMurtry
   wrote   
Rhino Ranch
2009; last in the Texasville story
Leslie Jamison
   wrote   
The Gin Closet
Debut novel, 2010
Louis De Bernieres
   wrote   
Birds Without Wings
2004
Louise Erdrich
   wrote   
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
2009
Louise Erdrich
   wrote   
The Plague of Doves
2008
Louise Erdrich
   wrote   
The Round House
2012 National Book Award winner
Louise Erdrich
   wrote   
Shadow Tag
2010
Mario Vargas Llosa
   wrote   
The Bad Girl
Originally published, 2006; retelling of Flaubert's Madame Bovary
Mario Vargas Llosa
   wrote   
The Feast of the Goat
2000 novel by Peruvian Nobel laureate
Michael Chabon
   wrote   
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Michael Chabon
   wrote   
The Final Solution
2004
Paolo Giordano
   wrote   
The Solitude of Prime Numbers
2010
Paul Harding
   wrote   
Tinkers
Pulitzer Prize winner
Philippe Claudel
   wrote   
Brodeck's Report
2010 winner, Independent Foreign Fiction Prize; John Cullen, trans from French
Philip Roth
   wrote   
Exit Ghost
2007; a Zuckerman novel
Philip Roth
   wrote   
The Humbling
2009
Philip Roth
   wrote   
Nemesis
2010
Richard Russo
   wrote   
Bridge of Sighs
Knopf, 2007
Richard Russo
   wrote   
Empire Falls
2002 Pulitzer Prize for fiction
Richard Russo
   wrote   
That Old Cape Magic
Random House, 2009
Scott Turow
   wrote   
Limitations
2006
Scott Turow
   wrote   
Ordinary Heroes
2005
Scott Turow
   wrote   
Reversible Errors
2002
Stef Penney
   wrote   
The Tenderness of Wolves
2006 Costa Prize winner
Thomas McGuane
   wrote   
The Cadence of Grass
2002
Thomas McGuane
   wrote   
Driving on the Rim
2010
Tobias Wolff
   wrote   
Old School
2003
Tom Robbins
   wrote   
Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates
2000
Tom Robbins
   wrote   
Villa Incognito
2003
Umberto Eco
   wrote   
Baudolino
2000, English translation, 2001
Umberto Eco
   wrote   
The Cemetery of Prague
English trans., 2011
Umberto Eco
   wrote   
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
2004, English translation, 2005
William Boyd
   wrote   
Any Human Heart
2002
William Boyd
   wrote   
Restless
Espionage novel, winner of the 2006 Costa Prize for fiction
Yann Martel
   wrote   
Beatrice and Virgil
2010
Yann Martel
   wrote   
Life of Pi
2001


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