Well, At Least There Was Good Stuff to Read: The Books of the Decade 

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2005:

Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami (Knopf)
Lunar Park, by Bret Easton Ellis (Knopf)
No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf)
Please Don't Come Back from the Moon, by Dean Bakopoulos (Harcourt)
Indecision, by Benjamin Kunkel (Random House)
On Beauty, by Zadie Smith (Penguin)
Veronica, by Mary Gaitskill (Pantheon)
Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf)

You May Have Missed:
Magic for Beginners, by Kelly Link (Small Beer Press) Last Night, by James Salter (Knopf) The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai (Atlantic Monthly Press)

2006:

Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl (Viking)
Absurdistan, by Gary Shteyngart (Random House)
Against the Day, by Thomas Pynchon (Penguin)
Apex Hides the Hurt, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
The Dead Fish Museum, by Charles D'Ambrosio (Knopf)
The Keep, by Jennifer Egan (Knopf)
The Emperor's Children, by Claire Messud (Knopf)
Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Knopf)
Trouble, by Patrick Somerville (Vintage)
The View From the Seventh Layer, by Kevin Brockmeier (Knopf)

You May Have Missed:
Nice Big American Baby, by Judy Budnitz (Knopf)
Twilight of the Superheroes, by Deborah Eisenberg (FSG)

2007:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz (Riverhead)
Cheating at Canasta, by William Trevor (Viking)
Falling Man, by Don DeLillo (Scribner)
Like You'd Understand Anyway: Stories, by Jim Shepard (Knopf)
Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson, translated by Anne Born (Graywolf)
The Savage Detectives, by Roberto Bolaño, translated by Natasha Wimmer (FSG)
The View from Castle Rock, by Alice Munro (Knopf)

You May Have Missed:
Delirium, by Laura Restrepo, translated by Natasha Wimmer (Nan A. Talese)
African Psycho, by Alain Mabanckou, translated by Christine Schwartz Hartley (Soft Skull)
Refresh, Refresh, by Benjamin Percy (Graywolf)
The Interloper, by Antoine Wilson (Handsel Books)
God Is Dead, by Ron Curie Jr. (Penguin)
Fires, by Nick Antosca (Impetus Press)

2008:

Beijing Coma, by Ma Jian, translated by Flora Drew (FSG)
The Lazarus Project, by Aleksandar Hemon (Riverhead)
Lush Life, by Richard Price (FSG)
The Boat, by Nam Le (Knopf)
2666, by Roberto Bolaño, translated by Natasha Wimmer (FSG)
Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf)

You Might Have Missed:
In a Bear's Eye, by Yannick Murphy (Dzanc Books)
All Over, by Roy Kesey (Dzanc Books)
Hotel Crystal, by Olivier Rolin, translated by Jane Kuntz (Dalkey Archive)
Shelter Half, by Carol Bly (Holy Cow! Press)
All About Lulu, by Jonathan Evison (Soft Skull Press/Counterpoint)
Mafeking Road and Other Stories, by Herman Charles Bosman (Archipelago Books)

2009:

The Cradle, by Patrick Somerville (Little, Brown)
A Gate at the Stairs, by Lorrie Moore (Knopf)
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, by Wells Tower (FSG)
Once the Shore, by Paul Yoon (Saraband)
The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese)
Delicate Edible Birds, by Lauren Groff (Voice)

You Might Have Missed:
Death in Spring, by Merce Rodoreda, translated by Martha Tennent (Open Letter)
The Mighty Angel, by Jerzy Pilch, translated by Bill Johnston (Open Letter)
Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, by Lydia Peelle (Harper)

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