50 Books That Define the Past Five Years in Literature


The Patrick Melrose Novels, Edward St. Aubyn (2012)

Although it collects books from the last 20 years, this recent compilation of St. Aubyn’s unflinching writings on the fall of an upper-class English family has earned a new round of praise from readers who can’t seem to put down these Patrick Melrose tales — and writers who wish they could replicate them.