I was just going to throw this in as a link and leave it, because this is hard, but I sallied forth. Observations on the process:
- When it comes to publication dates, my memory is not good.
- Armed with those dates, it appears some of my favorite writers have not published their best books (I.M.H.O.) yet in this decade.
- The limitation on American authors (which I didn't see the first time I made this list) is actually a godsend, but -- and this is absolutely true -- I was noodling on this post last night, as one does, and then I had a dream that Jonathan Franzen was telling me he was actually Canadian. And I was all, "J.Franz. In this dream world where we know each other for some reason, you forgot to tell me about that? Whatever happened to St. Louis?" I think we were crossing the border at Niagara Falls when this came up (I have never been there).
- Now that you've all stopped reading in boredom and/or disgust, the list!
Jonathan Franzen, THE CORRECTIONS (2000)
Ann Patchett, BEL CANTO (2002)
Jonathan Safran Foer, EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE (2005)
Michael Chabon, THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION (2007)
Junot Diaz, THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO (2007)