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) and The Six (2015). Next books: The Orion Plan (coming February 2016) and The Siege (July 2016). His website: www.markalpert.com

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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