When considering the books published since 2000 that I have read, my vote for which might be the most lasting and remain critically acclaimed would have to be
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.
My review describes it as a quiet by powerful book; “a contemplative book (with) strong emotions are examined against the history of evolving relationships.” It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2005.
Runners up would be the Harry Potter books and possibly Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. Perhaps even ML Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans? Again, these are books I have actually read. I liked Light Between Oceans better than Goldfinch… Oh! and what about another Pulitzer, not that I’m saying a book has to have won a big prize, but I did find The Orphan Master’s Son to be brilliant. This all begs the question of what actually makes or is required for a book to be deemed ‘classic’? And I would venture my answer would be those books that people are still talking about and admiring? Or should be – ha!
This should be a fun meme; I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s responses.
My Classics Club Original List of 50 in 5 Years.