68 Best US novels

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The Rules

Sherman Alexie: Reservation Blues
Paul Auster: New York Trilogy
Djuna Barnes: Nightwood
John Barth: The Sot-Weed Factor
Saul Bellow: Herzog
Paul Bowles: The Sheltering Sky
Kay Boyle: Generation without Farewell
John Horne Burns: The Gallery
Erskine Caldwell: Tobacco Road
Willa Cather: Song of the Lark
Robert Coover: The Public Burning
Mark Danielewski: House of Leaves
Don DeLillo: Falling Man
John Dos Passos: U.S.A.
Ellen Douglas: Apostles of Light
Theodore Dreiser: An American Tragedy
Jennifer Egan: A Visit From the Goon Squad
Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man
James T Farrell: Studs Lonigan Trilogy
William Faulkner: As I Lay Dying
F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
William Gaddis: The Recognitions
George Garrett: Death of the Fox
William H. Gass: The Tunnel
Ellen Glasgow: Life and Gabriella
Caroline Gordon: The Women on the Porch
Joseph Heller: Catch-22
H L Humes: The Underground City
Zora Neale Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God
Ken Kesey: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Jonathan Littell: Les Bienveillantes (The Kindly Ones)
Andrew Lytle: The Velvet Horn
Bernard Malamud: The Natural
Cormac McCarthy: Suttree
Mary McCarthy: The Group
Carson McCullers: The Member of the Wedding
Joseph McElroy: Women and Men
Thomas McMahon: Loving Little Egypt
Sue Miller: Lost in the Forest
Toni Morrison: Beloved
Lorrie Moore: A Gate at the Stairs
Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita
Joyce Carol Oates: them
Tim O’Brien: Going After Cacciato
Flannery O’Connor: Wise Blood
Ann Patchett: State of Wonder
Walker Percy: The Moviegoer
Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar
James Purdy: Cabot Wright Begins
Thomas Pynchon: Gravity’s Rainbow
Marilynne Robinson: Housekeeping
J. D. Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye
Leslie Marmon Silko: Ceremony
Robert Stone: A Hall of Mirrors
William Styron: Sophie’s Choice
Donna Tartt: The Secret History
Allen Tate: The Fathers
John Kennedy Toole: A Confederacy of Dunces
William T. Vollmann: You Bright and Risen Angels
Alice Walker: The Color Purple
David Foster Wallace: Infinite Jest
Eudora Welty: The Optimist’s Daughter
Nathanael West: The Day of the Locust
Edith Wharton: The House of Mirth
Colson Whitehead: The Intuitionist
Edward Whittemore: Sinai Tapestry
Richard Yates: Revolutionary Road