Who will write the next Great American Novel?

I was lucky to catch The Great American Novel on Opensource with Christopher Lydon in my car last night. The host asked the four (very well-read) invitees whether the next G.A.N. will come from an immigrant or a foreigner, what the subject of such novels is likely to be. The program seems to be in response to the New York Times Book Review's survey of the American fiction over the last 25 years, in which the winners turned out to be the usual suspects – Toni Morrison, John Updike, and Philip Roth.

Got some recommendations from the program: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Black Swan Green by David Mitchell, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.


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