Books of the Year

Selected by The Atlantic’s literary editor, Benjamin Schwarz
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Books in Brief
A comprehensive selection of books highlighted in The Atlantic Monthly in 2006.

TWILIGHT OF THE SUPERHEROES: Stories, by Deborah Eisenberg (FSG)
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, by Kate Grenville (Grove/Atlantic)
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, by Edward P. Jones (Amistad)
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AFTER THIS: A Novel, by Alice McDermott (FSG)
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THE ACCIDENTAL: A Novel, by Ali Smith (Pantheon)
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FRAMING THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES: Europe and the Mediterranean, 400–800, by Chris Wickham (Oxford)
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The Atlantic's April, 2005, cover story, "Host," by David Foster Wallace, has been included in The Best American Magazine Writing (2006), published by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

For summaries of all books The Atlantic has reviewed in 2006, please see
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