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# Title Author Year Score
1Add to wishlist.NeuromancerWilliam Gibson198417.66
2Add to wishlist.The House on Mango StreetSandra Cisneros198414.40
3Add to wishlist.Love MedicineLouise Erdrich198412.52
4Add to wishlist.Slow LearnerThomas Pynchon19848.97
5Add to wishlist.Always Coming HomeUrsula K. Le Guin19847.85
6Add to wishlist.The Rain GodArturo Islas19847.48
7Add to wishlist.Bright Lights, Big CityJay McInerney19847.36
8Add to wishlist.AbengMichelle Cliff19846.88
9Add to wishlist.Blood and Guts in High SchoolKathy Acker19845.99
10Add to wishlist.DemocracyJoan Didion19845.62
11Add to wishlist.Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of SandSamuel R. Delany19845.42
12Add to wishlist.Machine DreamsJayne Anne Phillips19845.05
13Add to wishlist.Leaving the LandDouglas Unger19844.95
14Add to wishlist.Clay's ArkOctavia Butler19844.78
15Add to wishlist.Tough Guys Don't DanceNorman Mailer19844.65
16Add to wishlist.God KnowsJoseph Heller19844.50
17Add to wishlist.Him with His Foot in His MouthSaul Bellow19844.00
18Add to wishlist.The Hunt for Red OctoberTom Clancy19843.86
19Add to wishlist.Sudden DeathRita Mae Brown19843.72
20Add to wishlist.Victory Over JapanEllen Gilchrist19843.57
21Add to wishlist.Cold Sassy TreeOlive Ann Burns19843.41
22Add to wishlist.Lives of the PoetsE. L. Doctorow19843.29
23Add to wishlist.Foreign AffairsAlison Lurie19843.17
24Add to wishlist.Budding ProspectsT. Coraghessan Boyle19842.19
25Add to wishlist.The Boys on the RockJohn Fox19841.97
26Add to wishlist.Golden StatesMichael Cunningham19841.72
27Add to wishlist.Duplicate KeysJane Smiley19841.44
28Add to wishlist.The Washington Square EnsembleMadison Smartt Bell19841.40
# Score
1Add to wishlist.Neuromancer (1984)
William Gibson
17.66
2Add to wishlist.The House on Mango Street (1984)
Sandra Cisneros
14.40
3Add to wishlist.Love Medicine (1984)
Louise Erdrich
12.52
4Add to wishlist.Slow Learner (1984)
Thomas Pynchon
8.97
5Add to wishlist.Always Coming Home (1984)
Ursula K. Le Guin
7.85
6Add to wishlist.The Rain God (1984)
Arturo Islas
7.48
7Add to wishlist.Bright Lights, Big City (1984)
Jay McInerney
7.36
8Add to wishlist.Abeng (1984)
Michelle Cliff
6.88
9Add to wishlist.Blood and Guts in High School (1984)
Kathy Acker
5.99
10Add to wishlist.Democracy (1984)
Joan Didion
5.62
11Add to wishlist.Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand (1984)
Samuel R. Delany
5.42
12Add to wishlist.Machine Dreams (1984)
Jayne Anne Phillips
5.05
13Add to wishlist.Leaving the Land (1984)
Douglas Unger
4.95
14Add to wishlist.Clay's Ark (1984)
Octavia Butler
4.78
15Add to wishlist.Tough Guys Don't Dance (1984)
Norman Mailer
4.65
16Add to wishlist.God Knows (1984)
Joseph Heller
4.50
17Add to wishlist.Him with His Foot in His Mouth (1984)
Saul Bellow
4.00
18Add to wishlist.The Hunt for Red October (1984)
Tom Clancy
3.86
19Add to wishlist.Sudden Death (1984)
Rita Mae Brown
3.72
20Add to wishlist.Victory Over Japan (1984)
Ellen Gilchrist
3.57
21Add to wishlist.Cold Sassy Tree (1984)
Olive Ann Burns
3.41
22Add to wishlist.Lives of the Poets (1984)
E. L. Doctorow
3.29
23Add to wishlist.Foreign Affairs (1984)
Alison Lurie
3.17
24Add to wishlist.Budding Prospects (1984)
T. Coraghessan Boyle
2.19
25Add to wishlist.The Boys on the Rock (1984)
John Fox
1.97
26Add to wishlist.Golden States (1984)
Michael Cunningham
1.72
27Add to wishlist.Duplicate Keys (1984)
Jane Smiley
1.44
28Add to wishlist.The Washington Square Ensemble (1984)
Madison Smartt Bell
1.40

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