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Granta 97: Best of Young American Novelists 2

A little over a decade ago Granta devoted an issue to new fiction by the twenty writers it judged to be the ‘Best of Young American Novelists’. The writers then included Sherman Alexie, Edwidge Danticat, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen and Lorrie Moore.

Who are their equivalents as writers of promise and achievement today? Over the course of a year, six judges read and deliberated and eventually chose twenty-one, all of them under the age of thirty-five.

Issue 97 of Granta magazine, ‘Best of Young American Novelists 2’, is devoted to their new work – a revealing insight into a new generation of American writing which shows, beside its talent, what bothers and inspires the imagination of modern America.

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In this issue

Ian Jack: Introduction
Daniel Alarcón: The King Is Always Above the People
Kevin Brockmeier: Parakeets
Judy Budnitz: The Complaint
Christopher Coake: That First Time
Anthony Doerr: Procreate, Generate
Jonathan Safran Foer: Room After Room
Nell Freudenberger: Where East Meets West
Olga Grushin: Exile
Dara Horn: Passover In New Orleans
Gabe Hudson: Hard Core
Uzodinma Iweala: Dance Cadaverous
Nicole Krauss: My Painter
Rattawut Lapcharoensap: Valets
Yiyun Li: House Fire
Maile Meloy: O Tannenbaum
ZZ Packer: Buffalo Soldiers
Jess Row: The Answer
Karen Russell: The Barn at the End of Our Term
Akhil Sharma: Mother and Son
Gary Shteyngart: From the Diaries of Lenny Abramov
John Wray: In the Tunnel