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100 Modern Fiction Classics That Everyone Should Read

100 20th-21st century books of fiction that our maverick English Teacher believes are modern classics. He limited himself to one book per author and tried to include some books that are not on every list. He also made a conscious effort to include examples of genre fiction. He arbitrarily excluded drama, poetry, and non -fiction because he felt they should have lists of their own. Finally, this is not a "best of…" list; rather , it is intended as a list of recommendations for future reading.
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made by James Loranger
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All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
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All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
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American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
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And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)
And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)
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As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
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Atonement (Ian McEwan)
Atonement (Ian McEwan)
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August 1914 (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)
August 1914 (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)
9
The Big Sleep (Chandler)
The Big Sleep (Chandler)
10
The Blue Knight (Joseph Wambaugh)
The Blue Knight (Joseph Wambaugh)
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The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)
The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)
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The Book Theif (Markus Zusak)
The Book Theif (Markus Zusak)
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13
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Thornton Wilder)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Thornton Wilder)
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The Bridge Over the River Kwai (Boulle)
The Bridge Over the River Kwai (Boulle)
15
Bright Lights, Big City
Bright Lights, Big City
16
Call It Sleep (Henry Roth)
Call It Sleep (Henry Roth)
17
A Clockwork Orange (Burgess)
A Clockwork Orange (Burgess)
18
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
19
A Coffin for Dimitrios (Ambler)
A Coffin for Dimitrios (Ambler)
20
Cold Mountain (Charles Frazier)
Cold Mountain (Charles Frazier)
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21
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
22
The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
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The Cruel Sea (Nicholas Monsarrat)
The Cruel Sea (Nicholas Monsarrat)
24
Das Boot (Lothar Gunther Buchheim)
Das Boot (Lothar Gunther Buchheim)
25
The Daughter of Time (Josephine Tey)
The Daughter of Time (Josephine Tey)
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Death in Venice (Thomas Mann)
Death in Venice (Thomas Mann)
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The Dispossessed (Ursula K. Le Guin)
The Dispossessed (Ursula K. Le Guin)
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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29
Dune (Frank Herbert)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
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Elmer Gantry
Elmer Gantry
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The Erasers
The Erasers
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The Fixer (Bernard Malamud)
The Fixer (Bernard Malamud)
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Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
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The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
36
Group Portrait With Lady (Bõll)
Group Portrait With Lady (Bõll)
37
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
38
The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
39
Henderson the Rain King
Henderson the Rain King
40
The House of Mirth
The House of Mirth
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