Granta 139 : Best of Young American Novelists 3
Every ten years, Granta devotes an issue to new American fiction by writers under the age of forty, showcasing the young novelists deemed to be the best of their generation - writers of remarkable achievement and promise.
In 1997 and 2007 we picked out such luminaries as Edwidge Danticat, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jonathan Franzen, Nicole Krauss, Lorrie Moore, Yiyun Li, Karen Russell and Gary Shteyngart.
In this special issue, we bring you Granta's Best of Young American Novelists of 2017: twenty-one outstanding writers, each able to capture the preoccupations of modern America.
Jesse Ball, Halle Butler, Emma Cline, Joshua Cohen, Mark Doten, Jen George, Rachel B. Glaser, Lauren Groff, Yaa Gyasi, Garth Risk Hallberg, Greg Jackson, Sana Krasikov, Catherine Lacey, Ben Lerner, Karan Mahajan, Anthony Marra, Dinaw Mengestu, Ottessa Moshfegh, Chinelo Okparanta, Esme Weijun Wang, Claire Vaye Watkins
These are the novelists you will soon be reading, chosen by panel of judges who are themselves acclaimed writers: Patrick deWitt, A.M. Homes, Kelly Link, Ben Marcus and Sigrid Rausing.
- Paperback | 314 pages
- 145 x 210 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
- 04 May 2017
- Granta Magazine
- London, United Kingdom
- Illustrations, unspecified
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28 Jan 2015
"In 1996 Granta magazine published its first talent-spotting list of the Young Turks of American Fiction... Granta have run their exercise again, and the results show, again, how compelling and diverse the American scene is... Granta 97, the anthology dedicated to these writers, is a splendid volume" - Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday
"The second Granta list of Best Young American Authors validates the best things about US immigration, vital when so many in Europe have forgotten what a diverse, polyphonic, unmonolithic country it is... The judges of this list offer a new model of writing in which "ethnicity, migration and 'abroad' [have] replaced social class as a source of tension." Almost everyone on the list writes about going forth, stepping out and encountering a different culture, a different land, different peoples" - Neel Mukherjee, The Times
"The fresh faced future..." - Brian Donaldson, The List
"Over the years, has developed an impressive reputation for literary star-spotting... With engaging humility, outgoing editor Ian Jack describes the current collection as 'our provisional and partial portrait of those who were young and wrote good fiction in America in the early years of the 21st century'... there is a wistfulness to the collection that is deeply beguiling. Though almost all the writing is assured, the stories betray a great deal of uncertainty about sex, religion, war and belonging. What is striking is that this uncertainty has provoked intense curiosity: an impulse to delve into the depths of American and global lives. If these are the inheritors of American letters, then the future looks bright" - Olivia Laing, Paperback of the Week, Observer
"The first thing to strike a casual reader is the list's multi-ethnic composition... Also striking is the lack of an obvious 'school' or influence... Doer's "Procreate, Generate" (is) a powerful and effective piece..." - Christopher Tayler, Sunday Telegraph
"Granta's second showcase of the best new writers from across the pond features 21 bright young things. Some you might recognise - such as uber author couple Nicole Krauss and Jonathan Safran Foer - and others you wont. There's a lot of bold and challenging work here" - The London Paper
"The collection is a lucky dip but there's a global, outward looking feel to many of the stories... An intriguing, encouraging selection" - Jonathan Gibbs, Metro
"Short, sharp - and fantastic... this selection of short fiction is full of inventiveness and intellectual energy... (this generation has) remembered that elaborate prose can be beautiful too, and that imagination, even fantasy, are useful story-tellers' tools. But the best fiction resists generalisation, and a high proportion of these pieces are wonderfully particular; the idiosyncratic products of vigorous, unusual minds" - First Post
"Ian Jack and his fellow editors...deserve credit for a selection which reflects a less culturally and aesthetically insular America than that of eleven years ago, and for their willingness to take seriously writers who are serious about their work." - Bharat Tandon, TLS
..". a blueprint for the next generation of American fictioneers: eclectic, inquiring and all the rest of it" - Private Eye
"Whether this latest attempt to herd together talented young American writers ... will bring to light and stars of the future remains to be seen, but in the meantime it's also a pretty intriguing snapshot of which issues concern young literate Americans today" - Doug Johnstone, The Herald
"The first thing you notice about this tipster's stable of future literary stars is how unfairly brilliant these pieces are ... even the authors names are drop dead cool ... It's enough to make unpublished writers jump out of garret windows ... the material is this rich and heady ... Vital" - Hugh Tynan, The Irish Examiner
"It's all good news here; the second installment of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists, comprising a list of names largely unknown to the casual reader, is a book to buy, read and keep" - Asia Intelligence Wire
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