WE SECOND THAT: Whiting and Slate celebrate five great, under-recognized second novels from the last five years.

Browse a collection of objects chosen by the authors; read Slate's full coverage; and tweet about the list at #2ndNovels.

The Second Novel List, each celebrated by one of our judges

Yiyun Li on Daniel Alarcón's "pognant, fascinating" At Night We Walk in Circles

Dan Kois on Helen DeWitt's "demented sex comedy" Lightning Rods

Sarah McNally on Marlon James's "brutal and beautiful" The Book of Night Women

Sasha Weiss on Eileen Myles's "funny, wild, open-hearted" Inferno

Colson Whitehead on Akhil Sharma's "mesmerizing, unnerving" Family Life

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