The idea of a modern classic is a bit of an oxymoron. We think of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, but the truth is there are novels published in the last century (and the last ten years) that deserve to be considered classics. They’ve become definitive of generations, entered the cannon of pop culture, and won awards on top of awards.
In compiling this list, we realized there are way more modern classics than we originally thought, and have divided this post into pieces to keep it digestible.
In no particular order, here’s our first batch!