What are the best classic contemporary books?

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    #1Bright Lights, Big City

    Bright Lights, Big City

    Bright Lights, Big City is a classic fiction novel written by Jay McInerney which centers on the life of a young man living in Manhattan. This is first published in 1984 and remains one of the most beloved and iconic novels in America.


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    #2Revolutionary Road

    Revolutionary Road

    Revolutionary Road is a classic historical fiction novel written by Richard Yates which centers on the life of talented couple Frank and April Wheeler. This is first published in 1961. 


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    Betty Payne
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I love how this books is based around history. It is truly a classic. The dynamics between the couple Frank and April are really interesting. "
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    #3The Tetherballs of Bougainville

    The Tetherballs of Bougainville
    The Tetherballs of Bougainville is classic fiction novel written by Mark Leyner which centers on the life of 13-year-old Mark Leyner waiting to witness his father's execution.  This is first published on September 1, 1998, by Vintage.

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    Judy Gomez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Tetherballs of Boungainville was one of those hilarious books that most of the readers wants to sit with, laugh out and relax. It was full of humor that the writer made it so appealing to readers, he stick to seemingly lighter subjects but in fat makes use of broader comedy."
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    Fiskadoro is classic science fiction novel written by Denis Johnson which is about the post-nuclear story set in Key West about people trying to live in their new world.


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    Andrew Schultz
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The solution looks to be a contemporary book, however i am uncertain if it would be considered a classic contemporary title. It is rated highly, however with only 19 reviews I believe other more recognised books would have been better choice as a solution."
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    #5A Fan's Notes

    A Fan's Notes

    A Fan's Notes is a fictional memoir of an autobiographical trilogy written by Frederick Exley wherein he shares his failure in life and his resurrection from despair. 


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    Benjamin Walker
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I find that the beginning of this book is good, however it feels like it looses steam partway through. Has its humorous moments and its darker moments. "
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    Airships is a standalone contemporary classic collection of 20 short stories celebrating the new American South written by Barry Hannah. Esquire magazine has given this book the Arnold Gingrich Short Fiction Award.

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    Kevin Barnett
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I don't normally like short story collections, but this one caught my eye. And the first story was really interesting, so I gave the whole book a try. The common theme here is all the stories are set in the South. That's rare enough, and rarer still to be done by an author, whether they're from the South or not, who doesn't reduce everything to hicks chewing on hayseeds and bumbling around unable to sign their names even with an X scratched in the dirt. Twenty stories that are all interesting and distinct, but linked by a love of the South."
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    #7What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is Raymond Carver's second collection of short stories about Love and Loss. This book includes his Academy Award Winning novel, Birdman. 


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    Christopher Davidson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is a cool collection of short stories that are all very well-written. I enjoyed reading them and was especially entertained by the ones about meditation. If you are feeling lost, this book might help you find your way."
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    #8Ransom (Highlands' Lairds)

    Ransom (Highlands' Lairds)
    Ransom is a medieval Scottish romance about Gillian, an English woman, and her fight against the cruel Baron who killed her father. With Scottish chieftains and Bridgid Kirkconnell as allies, Gillian triumphs and finds love.

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    Christian Rodriguez
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "ransom is a romance novel that takes place in scotland and it's pretty thrilling for a romance book"
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    This book narrates the story of Conelius Suttree, a man who after living his whole life in the comfort of his wealthy family, suddenly found himself living in a houseboat on the Tennesee River, and how he managed to rise again. 


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    John Day
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The best classic contemporary book is Suttree by Conelius Suttree. The book is the story of Cornelius Suttree, who has forsaken a life of privilege with his prominent family to live in a dilapidated houseboat on the Tennessee River near Knoxville. He lives with outcasts and people on the margins of society but finds the human qualities that others do not see. "
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    #10Selected Stories

    Selected Stories

    Selected Stories is a classic collection of 23 fiction short stories written by Andre Dubus. This is first published on December 4th, 1995 by Vintage. 


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    Albert Munoz
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This collection of short stories was published in 1995 originally, making it quite contemporary. I have not personally heard of this author or collection, but it appears to be fairly well reviewed. The subject matter of the stories is also very personal and relatable for the average reader, and should appeal to a fairly wide audience."


Best What are the best classic contemporary books
1Bright Lights, Big CityBooks 42 Paid
2Revolutionary RoadBooks 37 Paid
3The Tetherballs of BougainvilleBooks 36 Paid
4FiskadoroBooks 33 Paid
5A Fan's NotesBooks 31 Paid
6AirshipsBooks 30 Paid
7What We Talk About When We Talk About LoveBooks 28 Paid
8Ransom (Highlands' Lairds)Books 26 Paid
9SuttreeBooks 23 Paid
10Selected StoriesBooks 4 Paid

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