Literary Fiction

Literary fiction is a term that has come into common usage in the early 1960s. The term is principally used to distinguish "serious fiction" which is a work that claims to hold literary merit, in comparison from genre fiction and popular fiction. The name literature is sometimes used for this genre, although it can also refer to a broader category of writing. ...more

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House of Cotton
Symphony of Secrets
If We're Being Honest
Natural Beauty
Night Wherever We Go
Carmen and Grace
Games and Rituals: Stories
The Thick and the Lean
Small Joys
I Could Live Here Forever
The Memory of Animals
Life and Other Love Songs
The Skin and Its Girl
Hello Beautiful
The Forgetting
Small Mercies
Beyond That, the Sea
The Four Winds
The Guest
The Keeper of Stories
Sea of Tranquility
Did You Hear About Kitty Karr?
The Collected Regrets of Clover
Lucy by the Sea (Amgash, #4)
Really Good, Actually
The Half Moon
The Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniA Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled HosseiniA Fine Balance by Rohinton MistryThe God of Small Things by Arundhati RoyThe Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Best South Asian Fiction
705 books — 1,941 voters

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth RussellAmerican Dirt by Jeanine CumminsThe Vanishing Half by Brit BennettThe Glass Hotel by Emily St. John MandelSuch a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Anticipated 2020 Literary Fiction
583 books — 1,355 voters
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen1984 by George OrwellJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Must Read Classics
1,772 books — 4,373 voters

Things Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverHeart of Darkness by Joseph ConradCry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Africa (fiction and nonfiction)
1,724 books — 1,831 voters
Fingersmith by Sarah WatersTipping the Velvet by Sarah WatersAnnie on My Mind by Nancy GardenFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie FlaggCarol by Claire  Morgan
Best Lesbian Fiction
1,960 books — 2,501 voters

The Secret History
The Goldfinch
Normal People
The Great Gatsby
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Vanishing Half
A Little Life
The Handmaid’s Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)
Never Let Me Go
Little Fires Everywhere
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
My Year of Rest and Relaxation
All the Light We Cannot See
Where the Crawdads Sing
The Kite Runner

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