100-year book club

1914 – Tarzan of the Apes, Edgar Rice Burroughs
1915 – The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
1916 – Portrait of the artist as a young man, James Joyce
1917 – Growth of the soil, Knut Hamsun
1918 – My Antonia, Willa Cather
1919 – My man Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse
1920 – The age of innocence, Edith Wharton
1921 – 6 characters in search of an author, Luigi Pirandello
1922 – Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis
1923 – Zeno’s conscience, Italo Svevo
1924 – A passage to India, E. M. Forster
1925 – The great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
1926 – The sun also rises, Ernest Hemingway
1927 – To the lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
1928 – Lady Chatterley’s lover, D.H. Lawrence
1929 – The sound and the fury, William Faulkner
1930 – The ambassadors, Henry James
1931 – The glass key, Dashiell Hammett
1932 – Brave new world, Aldous Huxley
1933 – The red pony, John Steinbeck
1934 – Tropic of cancer, Henry Miller
1935 – Murder in the cathedral, T.S. Eliot
1936 – Gone with the wind, Margaret Mitchell
1937 – Their eyes were watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
1938 – Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
1939 – And then there were none, Agatha Christie
1940 – Native son, Richard Wright
1941 – The Screwtape letters, C.S. Lewis
1942 – The stranger, Albert Camus
1943 – A tree grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
1944 – Brideshead revisited, Evelyn Waugh
1945 – Animal Farm, George Orwell
1946 – All the king’s men, Robert Penn Warren
1947 – Under the volcano, Malcolm Lowry
1948 – The heart of the matter, Graham Greene
1949 – Confessions of a mask, Yukio, Mishima
1950 – I, robot, Isaac Asimov
1951 – The catcher in the rye, J.D. Salinger
1952 – Invisible man, Ralph Ellison
1953 – Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
1954 – Lord of the flies, William Golding
1955 – Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
1956 – Giovanni’s room, James Baldwin
1957 – On the road, Jack Kerouac
1958 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote
1959 – A separate peace, John Knowles
1960 – To kill a mockingbird, Harper Lee
1961 – Revolutionary road, Richard Yates
1962 – One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
1963 – The bell jar, Sylvia Plath
1964 – Herzog, Saul Bellow
1965 – The painted bird, Jerzy Kosinski
1966 – Valley of the dolls, Jacqueline Susann
1967 – One hundred years of solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
1968 – 2001: a space odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke
1969 – Slaughterhouse-five, Kurt Vonnegut
1970 – The bluest eye, Toni Morrison
1971 – The day of the jackal, Frederick Forsyth
1972 – Watership down, Richard Adams
1973 – Fear of flying, Erica Jong
1974 – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John Le Carre
1975 – Salem’s lot, Stephen King
1976 – Too loud a solitude, Bohumil Hrabal
1977 – A scanner darkly, Phillip K. Dick
1978 – The world according to Garp, John Irving
1979 – In on a winter’s night a traveler, Italo Calvino
1980 – A confederacy of dunces, John Kennedy Toole
1981 – The comfort of strangers, Ian McEwan
1982 – The color purple, Alice Walker
1983 – The unbearable lightness of being, Milan Kundura
1984 – White noise, Don DeLillo
1985 – The handmaid’s tale, Margaret Atwood
1986 – The sportswriter, Richard Ford
1987 – Norwegian wood, Haruki Murakami
1988 – The satanic verses, Salman Rushdie
1989 – The remains of the day, Kazuo Ishiguro
1990 – Possession, A.S. Byatt
1991 – American psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
1992 – The secret history, Donna Tartt
1993 – Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
1994 – Snow falling on cedars, David Guterson
1995 – Infinite jest, David Foster Wallace
1996 – Fight club, Chuck Palahniuk
1997 – Memoirs of a geisha, Arthur Golden
1998 – The Poisonwood bible, Barbara Kingsolver
1999 – Interpreter of maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
2000 – House of leaves, Mark Danielewski
2001 – The corrections, Jonathan Franzen
2002 – Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
2003 – We need to talk about Kevin, Lionel Shriver
2004 – 2666, Roberto Bolano
2005 – On beauty, Zadie Smith
2006 – The road, Cormac McCarthy
2007 – The brief and wondrous life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
2008 – The plague of doves, Louise Erdich
2009 – Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
2010 – A visit from the goon squad, Jennifer Egan
2011 – The art of fielding, Chad Harbach
2012 – Gone girl, Gillian Flynn
2013 – The luminaries, Eleanor Catton

In which we read a novel published in each of the last 100 years.
A few rules used for choosing the books on the list:
1) An author can only be featured once.
2) Even if it is an author’s most seminal work a book may not be chosen if I really really don’t want to slog through it. I’m looking at you, Ulysses.
3) In any given year, a minor work may be chosen if it, or its author, are deemed historically significant.
4) Genre fiction is ok! We’ll be reading some of that too.

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