I am somewhat stumped by this prompt. Stumped I tell you.
[break of several minutes whilst I consider the prompt, get a drink and generally faff around on the internet]
If I was feeling particularly confident and cocky I’d tell you that the novels I’m writing now are future classics for sure. But actually I’ve not got very far with them and I’m floundering with one thinking the plot sucks and with the other thinking I’m a bad writer. So no.
I don’t want to name 1 book I think is a future classic. Because there are books I’ve loved and books I know others have loved and have been very popular. But I’m not sure they’ve got the necessary staying power to be a future classic. By which I mean people will still be reading and talking about them in 50 or 100 years time.
I do wonder however if people were reading actual classics like The Tenant of Wildfell Hall or Pride and Prejudice or Oliver Twist back when they were written and going “well, yeah it’s good, but it’s not going to last is it?”
So I will just say that I can’t name a book that I think is definitely a future classic. But I think it’s a safe bet that at least one Margaret Atwood novel will be a classic (I’ll say Alias Grace) and one John Irving too.