The New Yorker names its top writers under 40. Three talk to us.
How do you pick the very best young fiction writers in North America? Not easy.
The New Yorker magazine did it last week, naming twenty under age 40 as the best of the best, for a mastery of language and storytelling and – beyond that – “a palpable sense of ambition.”
We have three of the twenty with us today. Joshua Ferris. Yiyun Li. Nell Freudenberger. And we’ve got questions.
Are they looking to step into the shoes of big writers just gone? Mailer? Updike? J.D. Salinger? Or are they looking to make new shoes? Like what?
This Hour, On Point: top writers of literary fiction under 40.
Yiyun Li, 37, is a Chinese-American writer and assistant professor of English at the University of California – Davis. She’s author of “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers” and “The Vagrants.” Read an excerpt from “The Vagrants.”