Before folks run me out of town for highlighting The Stephenie Meyer Decade, let me note that she wasn't the only new novelist drawing attention. There were plenty of fresh faces among the major prize-winners and on best-seller lists. We could easily create a strong Top 10 list of authors who broke out since 2000. Here are some I'd include:
-- Jhumpa Lahiri's "Interpreter of the Maladies," a collection of short stories, won the 2000 Pulitzer. She followed up with "The Namesake" and another touching collection, "Unaccustomed Earth."
-- Michael Chabon, a Columbia native, won a Pulitzer in 2001 for "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay," and followed up with the comic "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" and "Manhood for Amateurs."
-- Junot Diaz, another Pulitzer winner, scored for "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao."
-- Dave Eggers got our attention with "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," and followed with the truly heart-breaking "What Is the What." His latest is "Zeitoun."
Sarah Vowell is one of the newest favorites, with a quirky humor on display in"Assassination Vacation" and "The Wordy Shipmates."
What other new authors have you discover since 2000?