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What are other modern fiction titles with superlatives? I'm thinking of "Everything is Illuminated" and "Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever".

There seem to be a lot of these right now.
posted by whimsicalnymph to Media & Arts (24 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
A heart breaking work of staggering genius.
posted by empath at 9:58 AM on October 31, 2012 [4 favorites]


Super Sad True Love Story
posted by caek at 9:58 AM on October 31, 2012


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
posted by contraption at 9:59 AM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Infinite Jest
posted by *s at 10:01 AM on October 31, 2012


Memoir, not fiction, but Another Bullshit Night in Suck City.
posted by Sweetie Darling at 10:02 AM on October 31, 2012


Everything You Know Is Wrong
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:03 AM on October 31, 2012


Not sure if these count, but similar language: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 10:09 AM on October 31, 2012


Superlative in spirit--This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M. Homes.
posted by peripathetic at 10:13 AM on October 31, 2012


The Saddest Summer of Samuel S, but it's from the 60s.

More recently, Into the Darkest Corner.

Personally I think the trope of the moment is "gone" but that may be confirmation bias.
posted by BibiRose at 10:20 AM on October 31, 2012


Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
posted by Egg Shen at 10:21 AM on October 31, 2012


Oh and The Last Song, The Last Lecture, The Last Olympian; "last" is a huge title word.
posted by BibiRose at 10:21 AM on October 31, 2012


The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

The Number One Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall-Smith

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 10:21 AM on October 31, 2012


It's a wonderful life.
posted by windykites at 11:00 AM on October 31, 2012


Sorry, missed the "modern" part.
posted by windykites at 11:01 AM on October 31, 2012


This isn't too modern either, but when i was in 5th grade my teacher read us Danny Champion of the World. It's about poaching.
posted by Green With You at 11:07 AM on October 31, 2012


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
posted by wintersonata9 at 12:01 PM on October 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


The Great American Novel by Philip Roth (not that modern)
The Last Novel by David Markson
The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders
posted by DZack at 12:23 PM on October 31, 2012


All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
posted by JuliaJellicoe at 12:24 PM on October 31, 2012


Everything Matters! by Ron Currie
posted by AthenaPolias at 1:16 PM on October 31, 2012


"Mr. Simpson this is the most blatant case of false advertising since my suit against The Neverending Story."
posted by Smallpox at 1:18 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Jimy Corrigan the smartest kid on earth by Chris Ware
posted by rmless at 2:04 PM on October 31, 2012


No One Belongs Here More Than You, by Miranda July (book of short stories, not actually a novel).
posted by katya.lysander at 2:53 PM on October 31, 2012


The Saddest Music in the World
posted by Sunburnt at 2:56 PM on October 31, 2012


The Greatest Gift.

Oddly, quite a few of the suggestions here do not feature superlatives, as I'm sure you've noticed.
posted by Decani at 4:59 PM on October 31, 2012


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