Uzodinma Iweala

Uzodinma IwealaUzodinma became interested in child soldiers after reading a magazine article when he was a sophmore in high school. Beast of No Nations, his senior thesis at Harvard, was selected as a New York Times Notable in 2005. A frequent contributor to the New York Times and the Washington Post, Uzodinma has signed a two book contract and is studying medicine at Columbia University.

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ZZ Packer

ZZ PackerZZ Packer's debut short story collection was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, a New York Times Notable Book, and personally selected by John Updike for the Today Show Book Club. She is currently working on her first novel about the Buffalo Soldiers.

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Daniel Alarcon

Daniel AlarconBorn in Peru, Daniel spent his childhood in the U.S. After receiving his MFA, Daniel returned to Peru on a Fulbright scholarship. A collection of stories, War by Candlelight, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, was followed by a novel two years later. Daniel is a Distinguished Writer at Mills College and an associate editor for Etiqueta Negra.

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Nell Freudenberger

Nell FreudenbergerShortly after earning an M.F.A. from New York University, Nell published her first collection of stories, Lucky Girls which won the PEN/Malamud Award. The inspiration for much of her writing comes from her experiences teaching in Bangkok and New Delhi. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Nell's work appears in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Elle, and Vogue.


Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran FoerJonathan studied writing under Joyce Carol Oates at Princeton where he wrote his debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. His controversial writing style which incorporates graphics with narration, is praised by esteemed writers like Updike, and Rushdie and criticized by others. Foer received a million dollar advance for his second novel.


A little over a decade ago the literary magazine, Granta, devoted an issue to new fiction by the twenty writers it judged to be the 'Best of Young American Novelists'. The writers then included Sherman Alexie, Edwidge Danticat, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen and Lorrie Moore.

Who are their equivalents as writers of promise and achievement today? In 2007 six judges read and deliberated for over a year then chose twenty-one of the best, all of them under the age of thirty-five.

The following five are particular favorites @ Aspen Reads.

The Best Young American Novelists

Best Young American Novelists

Daniel Alarcón
Kevin Brockmeier
Judy Budnitz
Christopher Coake
Anthony Doerr
Jonathan Safran Foer
Nell Freudenberger
Olga Grushin
Dara Horn
Gabe Hudson
Uzodinma Iweala
Nicole Krauss
Rattawut Lapcharoensap
Yiyun Li
Maile Meloy
ZZ Packer
Jess Row
Karen Russell
Akhil Sharma
Gary Shteyngart
John Wray

The Best Young American Novelists

Best Young
American Novelists

Sherman Alexie
Madison Smartt Bell
Ethan Canin
Edwidge Danticat
Tom Drury
Tony Earley
Jeffrey Eugenides
Jonathan Franzen
David Guterson
David Haynes
Allen Kurzweil
Elizabeth McCracken
Lorrie Moore
Fae Myenne Ng
Robert O'Connor
Chris Offutt
Stewart O'Nan
Mona Simpson
Melanie Rae Thon
Kate Wheeler


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