The Best of The New York Times’ 2011 Notable Books List

The Angel Esmeralda, Don DeLillo

Not only is this book important because it marks the first time DeLillo’s short stories have been collected and published in one volume, it is also devastatingly beautiful of its own accord. It makes sense — given DeLillo’s relative disinterest in plot as opposed to atmosphere, and the wideness of so many of his novels, we’ve always thought he ought to be primarily a short story writer anyway. Terrifying and touching in turns, these stories are the obvious work of a master.