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Twenty-First Century Literature (2001 CE to present)
2001
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague
Geraldine Brooks
Australia
Novel
 
The Beauty of the Husband
Anne Carson
Canada
Poetry collection
 
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage
Alice Munro
Canada
Story collection
 
American Gods
Neil Gaiman
England
Novel
 
Ian McEwan
England
Novel
 
Austerlitz
W.G. Sebald
Germany
Novel
 
Soldiers of Salammis
Javier Cercas
Spain
Novel
 
Summer in Baden-Baden
Leonard Tsypkin
Russia
Play
 
The Corrections
Jonathan Franzen
United States
Novel
 
Topdog/Underdog
Suzan-Lori Parks
United States
Play
 
Bel Canto
Ann Patchett
United States
Novel
2002
Life of Pi
Yann Martel
Canada
Novel
 
Unless
Carol Shields
Canada
Novel
 
City of the Beasts
Isabel Allende
Chile
Novel
 
Coraline
Neil Gaiman
England
Novella
 
Dart
Alice Oswald
England
Poetry collection
 
The Story of Lucy Gault
Ireland
Novel
 
Stories of Your Life and Others
Ted Chiang
United States
Story collection
 
Middlesex
Jeffrey Eugenides
United States
Novel
 
Eragon
Christopher Paolini
United States
Novel
 
Fingersmith
Sarah Waters
Wales
Novel
2003
Oryx and Crake
Margaret Atwood
Canada
Novel
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mark Haddon
England
Novel
 
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Azar Nafisi
Iran
Memoir
 
The Housekeeper and the Professor
Yoko Ogawa
Japan
Novel
 
The Time Traveller's Wife
Audrey Niffenegger
United States
Novel
 
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
ZZ Packer
United States
Story collection
 
Vernon God Little
DBC Pierre
United States
Novel
 
The Known World
Edward P. Jones
United States
Novel
 
The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
United States
Novel
 
The Namesake
Jhumpa Lahiri
United States
Novel
 
The Fortress of Solitude
Jonathan Lethem
United States
Novel
2004
Runaway
Alice Munro
Canada
Story collection
 
A Complicated Kindness
Miriam Toews
Canada
Novel
 
2666
Roberto Bolaño
Chile
Novel
 
The History Boys
Alan Bennett
England
Play
 
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Susanna Clarke
England
Novel
 
Stuff Happens
David Hare
England
Play
 
The Line of Beauty
Alan Hollinghurst
England
Novel
 
Small Island
Andrea Levy
England
Novel
 
Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell
England
Novel
 
Suite Francaise
Irène Némirovsky
France
Novel series
 
New and Collected Poems
Czesław Miłosz
Poland
Poetry collection
 
Gilead
Marilynne Robinson
United States
Novel
 
The Plot Against America
Philip Roth
United States
Novel
2005
The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
Australia
Novel
 
Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro
England
Novel
 
The History of Love
Nicole Krauss
United States
Novel
 
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Lisa See
United States
Novel
2005–2007
Stieg Larsson
Sweden
Novel trilogy
2006
Inés of My Soul
Isabel Allende
Chile
Novel
 
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Muriel Barbery
France
Novel
 
Measuring the World
Daniel Kehlmann
Germany
Novel
 
The Inheritance of Loss
Kiran Desai
India
Novel
 
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Haruki Murakami
Japan
Story collection
 
Half of a Yellow Sun
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Nigeria
Novel
 
What Is the What
Dave Eggers
United States
Memoir
 
The Road
Cormac McCarthy
United States
Novel
2007
Late Nights on Air
Elizabeth Hay
Canada
Novel
 
The Book of Negroes
Lawrence Hill
Canada
Novel
 
The Uncommon Reader
Alan Bennett
England
Novella
 
The Vegetarian
Han Kang
Korea
Novel
 
The Great Man
Kate Christenson
United States
Novel
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Junot Díaz
United States
Novel
 
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini
United States
Novel
 
Last Night at the Lobster
Stewart O'Nan
United States
Novella
 
The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss
United States
Novel
2008
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
J.K. Rowlinge
England
Story collection
 
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher
Kate Summerscale
England
Nonfiction novel
 
The White Tiger
Aravind Adiga
India
Novel
 
Unaccustomed Earth
Jhumpa Lahiri
United States
Story collection
2009
The Bishop's Man
Linden MacIntyre
Canada
Novel
 
February
Lisa Moore
Canada
Novel
 
Jerusalem
Jez Butterworth
England
Play
 
Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel
England
Novel
 
The Thing Around Your Neck
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Nigeria
Story collection
 
A Death in the Family
Karl Ove Knausgaard
Norway
Novel
 
Cain
José Saramago
Portugal
Novel
2009–2010
IQ84
Haruki Murakami
England
Novel
2010
Annabel
Kathleen Winter
Canada
Novel
 
A Visit From the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan
United States
Novel
 
Freedom
Jonathan Franzen
United States
Novel
2011
The Cat's Table
Michael Ondaatje
Canada
Novel
 
The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes
England
Novella
 
Family Values
Wendy Cope
England
Story collection
 
Infatuations
Javier Marías
Spain
Novel
 
The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides
United States
Novel
 
The Sojourn
Andrew Kfrivak
United States
Novella
 
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Catherynne M. Valente
United States
Novel
2012
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Ben Fountain
United States
Novel
2013
The Orendah
Joseph Boyden
Canada
Novel
 
Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Nigeria
Novel
 
Tenth of December
George Saunders
United States
Story collection
2014
Outline
Rachel Cusk
England
Novel
 
Family Life
Akhil Sharma
United States
Novel
2015
Ghachar Ghochar
Vivek Shanbhag
India
Novella
 
John
Annie Baker
United States
Play
 
The Humans
Stephen Karam
United States
Play
2015–2017
Broken Earth Trilogy
N.K. Jemisin
United States
Novel trilogy
2016
The Underground Railroad
Colson Whitehead
United States
Novel
2017
Her Body and Other Parties
Carmen maria Machado
United States
Story collection
 
The Changeling
Victor LaValle
United States
Novel
2018
Circe
Madeline Miller
United States
Novel

 

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