Best American fiction, 1976 – 2006

I came across a list made by the late D.G. Myers, a list of the Best American fiction, 1968–1998. It’s a list filled with good books and arguments, and it inspired me to make my own list of the best American fiction of the recent past.

Here it is, in order of personal preference:

William Kennedy  Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game
John Crowley  Aegypt
Richard Yates  The Easter Parade
Walter Tevis  The Queen’s Gambit
Jim Harrison  Farmer
Jennifer Egan  The Invisible Circus
Danny Santiago  Famous All Over Town
Scott Spencer  Endless Love
Don DeLillo  Libra
Philip Roth  Sabbath’s Theater
Richard Powers  The Time of Our Singing
Norman Mailer  The Executioner’s Song
Paul Theroux  The Mosquito Coast
Cormac McCarthy  Suttree
Thomas Pynchon  Vineland
Denis Johnson  Train Dreams
Pete Dexter  Train
Larry McMurtry  Lonesome Dove
Tristan Egolf  Lord of the Barnyard