Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Faber & Faber) has been chosen by a group of America critics as the best novel of the 21st century so far.
The poll, of “several dozen” US critics, was carried out by BBC Culture, the arts section of the international BBC site.
Published in the UK in 2009, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is about an overweight nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey.
Critics from publications including the New York Times, Time, Newsday, Kirkus Reviews and more picked a total of 156 novels, reported the Guardian.
Second in the list was Edward P Jones’ The Known World, released by HarperCollins’ Amistad Press in 2003, with Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (Fourth Estate) coming in third.
Of Wolf Hall, Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times' books editor, said: “I have never felt so completely catapulted into a character’s mind, not to mention a long ago and far away place.”
Also making the list were Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and NW, and Ian McEwan’s Atonement, among others.
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