Books of the decade: your best books of 2001

It was the year our era began, with unprecedented abruptness, in obscene rolling news. But, blessedly, literature moves at a much slower pace, and it would be some years before the convulsions of September 2001 began to resound in serious fiction. Saturday, Ian McEwan’s post-9/11 novel, was four years away, and his Booker disappointment this year was for Atonement.

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