Editor J. Peder Zane's Top Ten List

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From J. Peder Zane submitted 12/11/2006

  1. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  2. Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  3. Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  4. The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata
  5. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
  6. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  8. A Fan’s Notes by Frederick Exley
  9. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  10. Henry and Clara by Thomas Mallon

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Francine Prose

1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877).
2. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal (1839). (See below.)
3. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (1913–27).
4. The stories of Anton Chekhov (1860–1904).
5. The stories of John Cheever (1912–82).
6. The stories of Mavis Gallant (1922– ).
7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851).
8. Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871–72).
9. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967).


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Amy Bloom


1. The Deptford trilogy by Robertson Davies (1983).
2.Persuasion by Jane Austen (1817).
3. His Dark Materialsby Philip Pullman (1995–2000).
4.The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (1995).
5.The Known World by Edward P. Jones (2003).
6. The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro (1978).
7. The Plot Against Americaby Philip Roth.
8. The Hours by Michael Cunningham (1998).
9. Fancies and Goodnights by John Collier (1951).
10. Larry’s Party by Carol Shields (1997).


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