Superlatives (1995 – 2006)

Rank

Title

Author

Year

Worst

4

Color of Water James McBride

1997

1

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl Fannie Flagg

1998

2

Ahab’s Wife Sena Jeter

2001

3

Shadow Baby Alison McGhee

2003

5

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter Kim Edwards

2006

Weirdest

3

Mutant Message Down Under Mario Morgan

1995

2

Puttermesser Papers Cynthia Ozick

1999

1

Blindness Jose Saramago

2001

4

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer

2005

Most Unique

3

The Passion Jeanette Winterspoon

1998

1

The Giant’s House Elizabeth McCracken

1998

2

Lambs of God Marele Day

1999

4

Kindred Olivia Butler

2001

5

Replay Ken Grimwood

2004

Best Historical

2

Wild Swans Jung Chang

1998

1

The Known World Edward P Jones

2003

3

The Day the World Came to Town Jim DeFede

2004

4

The Dress Lodger Sheri Holman

2005

Best Overall

4

In the Time of the Butterflies Julia Alvarez

1996

3

Tortilla Curtain TC Boyle

1995

1*tie

Angle of Repose Wallace Stegner

1997

1*tie

Cry the Beloved Country Alan Paton

1997

2

Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides

2004

6

Plainsong Kent Haruf

2000

5

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

2005

Best to Make into a Movie

2

Tortilla Curtain Julia Alvarez

1996

6

Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver

1999

4

Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith Gina B Nahai

2000

5

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel Louise Murphy

2003

3

The Kiterunner Khaled Hosseini

2005

1

Snowflower and the Secret Fan Lisa See

2006

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