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Every decade Granta magazine asks a panel of independent judges to choose the very best and most exciting American writers under 40 for a special Best of Young American Novelists issue. This issue is not just a list – it also showcases the work of each writer, creating an exciting and authoritative commentary on the state of American writing. The list of 21 writers chosen  for the listing of literary fiction’s most prominent authors represents a dynamic and diverse literary scene and provides a “snapshot of the exceptional talent working across the country”, according to this year’s judges.

Penguin Random House have an incredible eight authors featured in the issue, more than any other publisher.  They include Boston-born author Ottessa Moshfegh, whose second novel Eileen (VINTAGE) was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, debut novelists Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing (Viking), and Emma Cline, whose The Girls (VINTAGE) is in the running for Debut Book of the Year at next month’s British Book Awards, are among the names to feature on the 2017 Granta Best of Young American Novelists list.

This year, the judges consisted entirely of writers, including Paul Beatty, Patrick deWitt, A.M. Homes and Ben Marcus. 

Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi (published by Viking) was born in Mampong, Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her short stories have appeared in African American Review, Guernica and Callaloo. Homegoing is her first novel and she was the Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best First Book and Shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. 

Emma Cline

Emma Cline (published by VINTAGE) is the author of The Girls, shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the John Leonard Award from the National Book Critics Circle. In 2014, she received the Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review. She is from Northern California. The Girls was the bestselling Hardback of 2016 and is shortlisted for Debut Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.

Karan Mahajan

Karan Mahajan (published by VINTAGE) grew up in New Delhi, India and lives in Austin, Texas. His first novel, Family Planning, was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize and was published in nine countries. The Association of Small Bombs was a finalist for the National Book Award and was selected as one of the New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of 2016.

Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu (published by VINTAGE) was born in Ethiopia in 1978 and is a graduate of Georgetown and Columbia universities. His 2007 debut novel, Children of the Revolution, won the Guardian First Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2010, he was included in the New Yorker‘s ’20 Under 40’ list of writers to watch.

Ottessa Moshfegh

Ottessa Moshfegh (published by VINTAGE) is a fiction writer from Boston. She was awarded the Plimpton Prize for her stories in The Paris Review and granted a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. One of the stories in this collection, ‘Slumming’, recently won an O. Henry Award. Her novel Eileen was awarded the 2016 Pen/Hemingway Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Garth Risk Hallberg

Garth Risk Hallberg’s first novel, City on Fire (published by VINTAGE), was an international bestseller and was named one of the best books of the year by the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Independent, and Vogue, among others. His illustrated novella, A Field Guide to the North American Family was nominated for a Believer Book Award. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children and is at work on a new novel.

Lauren Groff 

Lauren Groff (published by Cornerstone) is the author of three New York Times bestselling novels – Fates and Furies (named by Barack Obama as his favourite book of 2015), The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia – as well as the story collection Delicate Edible Birds. She graduated from Amherst College and has an MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Groff’s fiction has won the Pushcart Prize and the PEN/O. Henry Award, among others, and has been shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and two sons.

Anthony Marra

Anthony Marra (published by VINTAGE) is the author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (2013), which won an array of prizes including the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, the Barnes and Noble Fiction Discover Award, the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle and the Athens Prize for Literature, and appeared on more than twenty Books of the Year lists. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a Guggenheim Fellow and Whiting Award recipient, Marra lives in Oakland, California, and teaches at Stanford University. The Tsar of Love and Techno is his second book.

For more information about the list, visit the Granta website here.

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