I have a book-critic colleague with the enviable job of writing about books for BBC.com. In December, Jane Ciabattari put out an email to a few dozen of her fellow critics, asking us for nominations for the great novels of the 21st century.
Thanks for asking, Jane, but ... really? Aren't we just putting our toe in the water of the 21st? Then I thought about it, and the more I pondered, the more I thought: What a lot of stupendous books have been published since Jan. 1, 2001.