A friend and I were discussing this list the other day–she was dismayed that Granta’s Best Young American Novelists included a large handful of writers who have yet to finish a novel. (For the count and a similar opinion, check out Dan Wickett at Emerging Writers, who has a very accurate count–though I must say, Yiyun Li is believed to be working on a novel).
“How can a list titled ‘Best Novelists’ include any writers who have yet to write a novel?” she asked, as we nibbled on chocolate treats.
My friend’s comment made me pause–yes, the list DOES include about 7 writers who have yet to produce a novel (at least one of whom JUST published his first novel, probably not part of the consideration process).
I’m not arguing with the quality of the writers on the list–most of them, Yiyun Li included, are genius fiction writers and I look forward to any writing they put out. And I say “most of them” because I haven’t read all of them–it may very well be a complete and accurate list of the the best young American fiction writers out there.
But are they all novelists?
What prevented Granta from titling the list “Best Young American Fiction Writers?”