New Favorites

By Mark Alpert

When I think about my favorite authors, I usually divide them into two groups, the Old Favorites and the New Favorites. The Old Favorites are the writers I’ve loved for decades: Hemingway, Steinbeck, Pynchon, etc. The New Favorites are the authors I’ve embraced in just the past few years: Colson Whitehead, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Olen Steinhauer, and so on.

Who are your New Favorites?

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About Mark Alpert

Contributing editor at Scientific American and author of science thrillers: Final Theory (2008), The Omega Theory (2011), Extinction (2013), The Furies (2014), The Six (2015), The Orion Plan (2016), The Siege (2016), and The Silence (2017). His latest thriller, The Coming Storm (St. Martin's Press, 2019), is a cautionary tale about climate change, genetic engineering, and Donald Trump. His website:

3 thoughts on “New Favorites

  1. My new faves are your old faves – I am only delving into classics now and loving them. (Comes from being forced to read books at school I had no interest in as a rebellious teen). It’s much better digging in now as a writer. So much to glean. Of more modern readings, a stand out for me – a book which made me decide it would be impossible to even imagine writing so well – is Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life.

  2. “A Little Life” is a modern masterpiece, for me a deep existential dive into abuse and suffering, offering not the chance of complete healing, but rather momentary flashes of love and solace for the victim/sufferer.

    My choice is Jonathan Franzen’s “Corrections” (2001), for me a brilliant portrayal of a rotten, self-absorbed, narcissist American culture in the throes of an assault on the old imagined values, with characters who are not victims, but their own worst enemies.

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