Monday September 21st, 2009

The Best Novels of the 21st Century

gilead-coverOver at The Millions, they’re counting down the top 20 novels since the turn of the millennium. The methodology and a general intro to the project can be found here. I was flattered to be on the list of respondents to their poll, and further honored when they asked me to write the entry for the #20 novel, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. I could argue that this is much too low a spot for it, but democracy has spoken. My take on one of my all-time favorite novels can be read here. (”The book’s modest, carefully planed language and its concern with primary human needs make it timeless, but it’s hard not to also marvel at and appreciate the way it functions as a timely corrective.”)

The feature continues throughout the week, culminating in the appearance of #1 on Friday.