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21st Century Fiction  2


Test your knowledge of some of this millennium’s hottest fiction.   All are classics, nothing obscure.  And nothing came out before 2011, so it’s all new and fresh. 




1. He claims to be Commander Ga! The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson


 2. “My name is Serena Frome (rhymes with 'plume') and almost 40 years ago I was sent on a secret mission for the British security service.” Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan


3.A Nixon scholar must cope with his own shortcomings along with those of his mentally imbalanced brother, while helping a whole slew of others. May We Be Forgiven  by A.M. Homes


4.To be effective, a self-help book requires two things.  First, the help it suggests should be helpful.  Obviously.  And second, without which the first is impossible, the self it’s trying to help should have some idea of what help is needed . . . So be honest here and ask yourself the following question.  Is getting filthy rich still your goal above all goals ...? How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid


5.In this short story, a young boy falls into icy water and is saved by a man who happens to be on the scene to commit suicide. “Tenth of December” by George Saunders


6.Protagonist Jimmy, whom we met 26 years ago, is now married with four kids who affectionately call his website The Guts  by Roddy Dolyle

7.In part three of this dystopian trilogy, the progress is of a band of survivors in an unnamed northern continent is tracked after a global pandemic has wiped out most of humanity.
 MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood


8.Novel about a North Korean invasion of the Japanese island of Kyushu, in April 2011, all beginning when a squad of ten crack soldiers take a baseball game hostage in Fukuoka.
The Fatherland, With Love by Ryu Mukarami

9."I worked on a peak outside Bisbee, Arizona, where we were only eleven or twelve miles from the sun. It was a hundred and sixteen degrees on the thermometer, and every degree was a foot long. And that was in the shade. And there weren't no shade." Train Dreams by Denis Johnson


 10.Football novel of highly stylized prose about Liverpool FC's Bill Shankly.

Red or Dead by David Peace


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