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Top Books of the Year – 2009

A lot of sites/papers have come out with their lists of the top books of the year. Here are a few of the ones I have seen:

  • You can also browse The New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2009. I was happy to see Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon (which I wrote about here), Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann (which I wrote about here), and Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead (which I wrote about here) on the list, and I was intrigued by the blurb about Penelope Lively's Family Album ("It’s the slow, inexorable way everyone comes to acknowledge the suppressed event
    at the heart of this domestic novel that makes it quietly devastating."). Maybe someday I will actually read some of these books.
  • Flashlight Worthy Books' Best Books of 2009 as selected by readers. Noteworthy: Sag Harbor again and The Help by Kathryn Stockett, which I finally own, thanks to my husband who gave it to me for Hanukah! Hope to start it soon. And while you're there, check out the Best Book Club Selections of 2009 as chosen by "Great Book Bloggers", including me!
  • Here's Amazon's Top 10 List, which is topped by Let The Great World Spin. And here's the Top 100 (lots of familiar titles on this list, including The Help and Andre Agassi's Open, which for some reason I want to read).
  • And finally, my beloved Entertainment Weekly's The Best Fiction (sneaky EW won't post the whole list online – you have to have the print version), which includes The Help, Await Your Reply, Let the Great World Spin and This is Where I Leave You.

Whew. That was a lot of links!

So, EDIWTB readers, what are your picks for the best books of 2009? Please share them here.

AWAIT YOUR REPLY by Dan Chaon

This week's Entertainment Weekly has a blurb about Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon. I haven't read anything by Chaon before – I have You Remind Me Of Me, but I haven't gotten to it yet. Here's what EW had to say:

Chaon In Await Your Reply's successive chapters, Dan Chaon tells three parallel stories: Ryan learns that his shady uncle is actually his dad and joins him in identity-theft schemes; Miles abandons his job to continue hunting for his delusional twin brother; and high school grad Lucy runs away with her secretive history teacher. ''Who just abandons their family?'' one character asks midway through this finely honed novel, just as the three plots have begun to converge. ''What kind of person decides that they can throw everything away and — reinventthemselves?'' Americans love reinvention, of course, but Chaon's suspenseful yarn smartly explores the consequences of this often romanticized obsession. A–

 

[Exciting! This is the first time I've linked to a tweet!] @mjinnett says:"Found a copy of "Await Your Reply" by Dan Chaon at the office. Excited & surprised to see it land at @wired – he's an underexposed genius."

Bookhopping calls Await Your Reply "a well-crafted and thought-provoking novel that, while clearly written for the head rather than the heart, manages to strike a nerve at just the right moment to make it a clearly memorable — and admirable — piece of literature."

Here is a guest blog post by Dan Chaon about writing Await Your Reply and the anxiety of waiting for reviews to come out.

Has anyone read this yet?