10 Great American Novel Contenders From the Past Decade


Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann (2009)

Perhaps it’s no surprise that more than one Great American Novel candidate written since 2003 takes on the complex concept of 9/11 — though here only by implication. McCann’s much-lauded masterpiece kicks off with Philippe Petit’s famed 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers, 110 stories up, and spreads outward into the overlapping, crashing stories of the citizens of New York City, in all their glory, banality and horribleness.