Edited by Nora O’donnell and Jennifer Wehunt with Mark Byrne, Laura Castle, Geoffrey Johnson, Graham Meyer, Evangeline Politis, and Steve Yaccino
The question grew out of an everyday bull session: What are the great Chicago novels? We asked a range of knowledgeable academics and literati and put together the results. It’s a collection of powerful writing that stands up against the best in American literature. Here, the list in order of publication
Chicago lit lives! Doom and gloom persist, but humor and nostalgia lighten the load in these five recent novels with a chance to become classics.
The experts have spoken; now it’s your turn. Which book do you think best defines the city?