Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years

A Listmania! list by Nicolas "The Cinephile" (Manhattan, NYC)
The list author says: "What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years?
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: May 21, 2006

Early this year, the Book Review's editor, Sam Tanenhaus, sent out a short letter to a couple of hundred prominent writers, critics, editors and other literary sages, asking them to please identify "the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years."

Following are the results:"
Beloved (Paperback)
1.  Beloved (Paperback) by Toni Morrison (Author)
The list author says:
  "THE WINNER

from 1987"
Out of stock
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Underworld
2.  Underworld by Don DeLillo
The list author says:
  "THE RUNNERS-UP

1997"
Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)

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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Modern Library)
3.  Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Modern Library) by Cormac McCarthy
The list author says:
  "1985"
$17.71   Used & New from: $9.65
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (757 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Rabbit Angstrom: A Tetralogy (Everyman's Library, No. 214)
4.  Rabbit Angstrom: A Tetralogy (Everyman's Library, No. 214) by John Updike
The list author says:
  "1960-1995

John Updike
(1995)

'Rabbit at Rest'
(1990)

'Rabbit Is Rich'
(1981)

'Rabbit Redux'
(1971)

'Rabbit, Run'
(1960)"
$22.26   Used & New from: $14.95
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

American Pastoral
5.  American Pastoral by Philip Roth
The list author says:
  "1997"
$9.01   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

A Confederacy of Dunces
6.  A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The list author says:
  "THE FOLLOWING BOOKS ALSO RECEIVED MULTIPLE VOTES

from 1980"
$9.63   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,566 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Housekeeping: A Novel
7.  Housekeeping: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
The list author says:
  "1980"
$8.48   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)

Winter's Tale
8.  Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
The list author says:
  "1983"
$9.04   Used & New from: $2.96
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (749 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

White Noise: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
9.  White Noise: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Don DeLillo
The list author says:
  "1985"
$9.04   Used & New from: $2.92
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)

The Counterlife
10.  The Counterlife by Philip Roth
The list author says:
  "1986"
$12.38   Used & New from: $0.25
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

Libra
11.  Libra by Don DeLillo
The list author says:
  "1988"
Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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Where I'm Calling From: Selected Stories
12.  Where I'm Calling From: Selected Stories by Raymond Carver
The list author says:
  "1988"
$12.97   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

The Things They Carried
13.  The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
The list author says:
  "1990"
$8.41   Used & New from: $3.42
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,420 customer reviews)

Mating: A Novel
14.  Mating: A Novel by Norman Rush
The list author says:
  "1991"
$13.75   Used & New from: $0.01
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

Jesus' Son: Stories
15.  Jesus' Son: Stories by Denis Johnson
The list author says:
  "1992"
$10.76   Used & New from: $3.39
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

Operation Shylock : A Confession (Vintage International)
16.  Operation Shylock : A Confession (Vintage International) by Philip Roth
The list author says:
  "1993"
$12.98   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Independence Day: Bascombe Trilogy (2)
17.  Independence Day: Bascombe Trilogy (2) by Richard Ford
The list author says:
  "1995"
$12.89   Used & New from: $0.01
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

Sabbath's Theater
18.  Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth
The list author says:
  "1995"
$12.47   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

The Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses, the Crossing, Cities of the Plain (Everyman's Library)
19.  The Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses, the Crossing, Cities of the Plain (Everyman's Library) by Cormac McCarthy
The list author says:
  "1992-1999

Border Trilogy
Cormac McCarthy
(1999)

'Cities of the Plain'
(1998)

'The Crossing'
(1994)

'All the Pretty Horses'
(1992)"
$22.83   Used & New from: $13.85
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (542 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Human Stain: American Trilogy (3)
20.  The Human Stain: American Trilogy (3) by Philip Roth
The list author says:
  "2000"
$10.67   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Known World
21.  The Known World by Edward P. Jones
The list author says:
  "2003"
$11.93   Used & New from: $0.89
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Plot Against America
22.  The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
The list author says:
  "2004"
$12.64   Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (490 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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