Friday, December 16, 2005

Best Fiction of 2005

Here are the updated "power rankings" for the best fiction books of the year. For those of you just joining the party, I update both the fiction list and the non-fiction list weekly to account for anyplace these books have been listed as a favorite. A book must have been listed at a minimum of two places/publications to be included.

1. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
2. (tie) The March - E.L. Doctorow
2. (tie) Saturday - Ian McEwan
4. On Beauty - Zadie Smith
5. Shalimar the Clown - Salman Rushdie
6. (tie) The Sea - John Banville
6. (tie) Veronica - Mary Gaitskill
8. (tie) Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
8. (tie) The Painted Drum - Louise Erdich
10. Lunar Park - Bret Easton Ellis
11. (tie) Beyond Black - Hilary Mantel
11. (tie) Europe Central - William T. Vollman
11. (tie) A History of Love - Nicole Krauss
11. (tie) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safron Foer
11. (tie) A Long, Long Way - Sebastian Barry
11. (tie) A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby
17. (tie) The Accidental - Ali Smith
17. (tie) Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
17. (tie) Arthur and George - Julian Barnes
17. (tie) The Lincoln Lawyer - Michael Connelly
17. (tie) March - Geraldine Brooks
17. (tie) No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy
17. (tie) Prep - Curtis Sittenfeld
17. (tie) A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian - Marina Lewycka
17. (tie) Trance - Christopher Sorrentino
26. (tie) All for Love - Dan Jacobson
26. (tie) Black Hole - Charles Burns
26. (tie) A Changed Man - Francine Prose
26. (tie) The Closers - Michael Connolly
26. (tie) Dancing in the Dark - Caryl Phillips
26. (tie) Eleanor Rigby - Douglas Coupland
26. (tie) Envy - Kathryn Harrison
26. (tie) The Ha Ha - Dave King
26. (tie) The Harmony Silk Factory - Tash Aw
26. (tie) The Hot Kid - Elmore Leonard
26. (tie) The Hummingbird's Daughter - Luis Alberto Urrea
26. (tie) Ice Haven - Daniel Clowes
26. (tie) Maps for Lost Lovers - Nadeem Aslam
26. (tie) Memories of My Melancholy Whores - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
26. (tie) The People's Act of Love - James Meek
26. (tie) Slow Man - J.M. Coetzee
26. (tie) Specimen Days - Michael Cunningham
26. (tie) The Testing of Luther Albright - MacKenzie Bezos
26. (tie) The Widow of the South - Robert Hicks
26. (tie) The Wonder Spot - Melissa Bank
26. (tie) Zorro - Isabel Allende

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