Before the Decade Ends, Here Are the Best Novels of the 21st Century

The Idiot by Elif Batuman (2017)

A semi-autobiographical recounting of the author’s own experience, Elif Batuman’s second book follows a Turkish college freshman at Harvard in the 1990s, Selin, as she finds herself falling for someone through the brand new medium of email. However, her fearful counterpart is reluctant to bring their fantasies to life.


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