For the first time since 1999, the New Yorker put together a collection of short stories by authors they feel are the up-and-coming writers sure to define American literature. All twenty authors are under forty years old. Half are women.
Like any compilation, some entries appealed to me more than others. All are worth reading, and even if the story or novel excerpt wasn’t for me, I enjoyed debating why the New Yorker chose it. This is a great way to explore new authors before committing to reading his or her novel.
My favorites included Téa Obreht’s “Blue Water Djinn” and Dinaw Mengestu’s “An Honest Exit.”
Read by: Kelly
Title: 20 Under 40: Stories from the New Yorker
Edited by: Deborah Treisman
Read: February 2011
Source: Public Library