Madison Smartt Bell, Daniel Kehlmann, Richard Flanagan, Dana Spiotta, Lydia Millet, Dubravka Ugresic, Norman Rush, Valerie Martin, Claire Messud, Margot Livesey, Zakes Mda, and Siddhartha Deb
Flannery O'Connor warned us some fifty years ago that any work of fiction burdened with instructional intent was doomed to become a tract. Or as Sam Goldwyn is reported to have said, "If you want to send a message, use Western Union."
Most American novelists seem to act on these principles (whether or not they've actually heard them announced). And there is something quite sound in the idea that