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The Modern Library's 100 Best Novels (http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/) is a list of the best English-language novels of the 20th century as selected by the Modern Library, an American publishing company owned by Random House. Since 2011, this book club, previously known as the Modern Library Top 100 Books Club, has gone through the list and read some amazing novels including the works of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Wharton, Woolf, Nabokov and more.

Recently, book club found itself at a crossroads when it finished the last of the novels on the list. After 9 years of meeting, the question was what next? Having enjoyed hours of fruitful discussion, members decided to keep going and set their eyes on a new target. Among the many conversations over the years, one of the consistent debates has been why some books made the list when there are so many better books out there. And so a new list has been born.

The Modern Library Book Club will keep to its founding purpose – to provide an opportunity to revisit modern classics of English Literature – but this new list is a compilation of works that members think deserve some recognition. Some of these books have made it onto other top 100 lists, some are other works by authors that made the Modern Library's Top 100, while still others may not be well known.

The book club's list, not in reading order, is as follows:

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
Middlemarch by George Eliot
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Death In Venice by Thomas Mann
The Death of Ivan Llych by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Tarry Flynn by Patrick Kavanaugh
Regeneration by Pat Barker
Ending UP by Kingsley Amis
Time's Arrow by Martin Amis
Gringos by Charles Portis
Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Adeche
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The War of the Worlds by HG Wells
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
Kate Vaiden by Reynolds Price
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
East of the Mountains by David Gutherson
Beloved by Toni Morrison
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Ceremony by Leslie Mormon Silko
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa
The House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende
The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlose Fuentes
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong'o
A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch
July's People by Nadine Gordimer
The Shipping News by Annie Prouix

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Nightwoods by Charles Frazier

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Charles Frazier, the acclaimed author of "Cold Mountain" and "Thirteen Moons", returns with a dazzling novel set in small-town North Carolina in the early 1960s. With his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape, choosing to live apart from the small community around her. But the coming of the children changes everything, cracking open her solitary life in difficult, hopeful, dangerous ways.

Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.

Tarry Flynn by Patrick Kavanaugh

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A man's mother can be a terrible burden sometimes. For Tarry Flynn - poet, farmer and lover-from-afar of beautiful young virgins - the responsibility of family, farm, poetic inspiration and his own unyielding lust is a heavy one. The only solution is to rise above all - or escape over the nearest horizon.

Like The Green Fool, his autobiography, Patrick Kavanagh's Tarry Flynn is an idyllic and beautifully evocative account of life as it was lived in Ireland earlier this century.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

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The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives--presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

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Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

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