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Has American fiction lost its voice?

Harper Perennial’s editorial director sent out a tweet yesterday about Regina Marler’s review of Sourland by Joyce Carol Oates:

I responded with a short story writer I’ve been immersed in for the past month, Lydia Davis, who has a very distinct style and voice. But it got me thinking, was this some reviewer’s device for saying that Joyce Carol Oates has a distinct voice, or is this an actual belief regarding contemporary American fiction?

It’s worrisome, as a fiction writer in America, to hear these sorts of opinions expressed, let alone in this flippant manner. So I wanted to spread the question to you, our readers and fellow book lovers. What are the distinct American voices in fiction these days? Do you agree with Regina Marler? Tell us why!

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