I'm not sure I understand the point of this list, but Granta has anointed a number of the "best young American novelists," defining young as "under 35." Here's the list (but go to the Granta site for more information about each):
Jonathan Safran Foer
I've read work by many of these writers (Alarcon, Brockmeier, Budnitz, Foer, Freudenberger, Krauss, Lapcharoensap, Li, Packer, Row, Russell) and have to admit it's good stuff, even if it's not all to my taste. But what's the big deal about 35? As an "emerging older writer" (EOW!), I'm reasonably certain that age is irrelevant. For another discussion of the list, see Gawker.