Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that asks bloggers to create Top Ten lists on a variety of bookish topics. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books With X Setting.
When I think of quintessential New York books, Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities is the first thing that comes to mind. But, I hear less talk about recent releases that are “quintessential NYC books”, so I wanted to focus on them here. This list started as “Ten Contemporary New York City Books”, which then became “Ten Contemporary New York City Novels” because there were just so many to choose from. I culled that down further to just those released in the past three years (2013-2016).
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue (out on August 23)
An immigrant family working for a top Lehman Brothers executive during the 2008 financial crisis.
Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney
The hoity-toity literary and social sets.
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
Truman Capote and the 1950’s Upper East Side social scene.
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Behind-the-scenes of the world of NYC fine dining restaurants.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara
Four college friends hitting the worlds of art, law, acting, and architecture…and SO much more.
Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg
The Lower East Side during the Jazz Age, Prohibition, and the Great Depression.
Florence Gordon by Brian Morton
An aging writer with a typical New York personality.
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
Late 1990’s New York publishing world.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Friendships evolving in New York.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
The dating scene in contemporary New York, specifically the Brooklyn literary scene.
What are your favorite contemporary books about New York City?