The New Yorker’s Best Young Writers Picks

June 14, 2010

The New Yorker editors have announced their picks of the best 20 writers under 40. This is the magazine’s first such list since 1999, when it identified several future literary successes including Junot Díaz and Jhumpa Lahiri. Stories by the authors will be featured in upcoming issues of the magazine. The list is evenly divided between women and men. Some titles of novels by the author follow his/her name.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,  — Half Of A Yellow Sun;  The Thing Around Your Neck

Chris Adrian, — The Children’s Hospital;  Gob’s Grief

Daniel Alarcón,  — Lost City Radio;  The Secret Miracle: The Novelist’s Handbook

David Bezmozgis, — Natasha And Other Stories

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum,  — Ms. Hempel Chronicles;  Madeleine Is Sleeping

Joshua Ferris,  — The Unnamed;  Then We Came To The End

Jonathan Safran Foer,  — Eating Animals;  Everything Is Illuminated

Nell Freudenberger,  — The Dissident;  Lucky Girls

Rivka Galchen,  — Atmospheric Disturbances

Nicole Krauss, — Great House (due out in October);  The History Of Love
Krauss is married to another author on the list– Jonathan Safron Foer.

Yiyun Li,  — Vagrants;   A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers

Dinaw Mengestu, — How to Read The Air (due out in October);   The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears

Philipp Meyer,  — American Rust

C.E. Morgan,  — All the Living

Tea Obreht, — her first novel is due out in 2011

ZZ Packer,  — Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

Karen Russell,  — St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised By Wolves

Salvatore Scibona,  — The End

Gary Shteyngart, — Super Sad True Love Story (due out in July);  The Russian Debutante’s Handbook;  Absurdistan.

Wells Tower,  — Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned