The literary magazine Granta revealed its once-in-a-decade list of the brightest and most-promising young American novelists, honoring 21 American writers aged under 40.
In an increasingly competitive book market, Granta has built a reputation for spotting and promoting emerging talents long before they become widely known.
The list features a majority of women writers (12 women to 9 men), and includes authors of recent notable releases such as Emma Cline, author of The Girls (Chatto & Windus) and Lauren Groff, whose 4th novel Fates and Furies (William Heinemann) was chosen as one of Obama’s favorite books — as well as awards finalists Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing (Viking) and Ottessa Moshfegh (Eileen, Vintage).
A List Of 21 Most-Promising Young American Novelists Aged Under 40, 2017
- Jesse Ball, author of such novels as HOW TO SET A FIRE AND WHY, A CURE FOR SUICIDE and THE CURFEW (Vintage).
- Halle Butler, author of Jillian, was called the “feelbad book of the year” by the Chicago Tribune.
- Emma Cline, author of THE GIRLS (Random House).
- Joshua Cohen, author of BOOK OF NUMBERS and MOVING KINGS (Random House).
- Mark Doten, author of The Infernal.
- Jen George, author of the short-story collection The Babysitter at Rest.
- Rachel B. Glaser, author of Paulina & Fran.
- Lauren Groff, author of FATES AND FURIES (Riverhead).
- Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing (Viking).
- Garth Risk Hallberg, author of CITY ON FIRE (Knopf).
- Greg Jackson, author of the story collection Prodigals.
- Sana Krasikov, author of The Patriots (Spiegel & Grau).
- Catherine Lacey, author of Nobody Is Ever Missing.
- Ben Lerner, author of three books of poetry and two novels (Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04). His most recent book is the monograph The Hatred of Poetry.
- Karan Mahajan, author of The Association of Small Bombs (Viking/Penguin).
- Anthony Marra, author of THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO and A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA (Hogarth). Mr. Marra’s forthcoming book, THE PEACOCK PALACE, will be published by Hogarth in 2018.
- Dinaw Mengestu, author of ALL OUR NAMES (Vintage) as well as THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT HEAVEN BEARS and HOW TO READ THE AIR (Riverhead).
- Ottessa Moshfegh, author of Eileen (Vintage) and HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD (Penguin Press).
- Chinelo Okparanta, author of Under the Udala Trees and Happiness, Like Water.
- Esmé Weijun Wang, author of the novel The Border of Paradise.
- Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Battleborn and GOLD FAME CITRUS (Riverhead).
Congratulations to our authors, their editors and publishers.