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

I Have Some Questions for You
Victory City
Big Swiss
My Last Innocent Year
On the Savage Side
Your Driver Is Waiting
A Spell of Good Things
Hungry Ghosts
Gone Like Yesterday
A Country You Can Leave
Maureen (Harold Fry #3)
Pineapple Street
Hello Beautiful
West with Giraffes
The Four Winds
Sea of Tranquility
Good for You
Wild, Beautiful, and Free
Lucy by the Sea (Amgash, #4)
Women Talking
The Direction of the Wind
The Push
Meant to Be: A Novel
Now Is Not the Time to Panic
This Place of Wonder
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Best Lesbian Fiction
1,933 books — 2,482 voters
Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar WildeWuthering Heights by Emily BrontëCrime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Best Books of the 19th Century
1,754 books — 6,648 voters

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
703 books — 1,929 voters
Animal Farm by George OrwellOf Mice and Men by John SteinbeckThe Metamorphosis by Franz KafkaThe Old Man and the Sea by Ernest HemingwayThe Stranger by Albert Camus
World's Greatest Novellas
659 books — 1,519 voters

Things Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieHeart of Darkness by Joseph ConradCry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Africa (fiction and nonfiction)
1,719 books — 1,833 voters
The God of Small Things by Arundhati RoyA Fine Balance by Rohinton MistryThe White Tiger by Aravind AdigaMidnight's Children by Salman RushdieInterpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Best Indian Fiction Books
868 books — 2,662 voters

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

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The problem with a lot of people who read only literary fiction is that they assume fantasy is just books about orcs and goblins and dragons and wizards and bullshit. And to be fair, a lot of fantasy is about that stuff. The problem with people in fantasy is they believe that literary fiction is just stories about a guy drinking tea and staring out the window at the rain while he thinks about his mother. And the truth is a lot of literary fiction is just that. Like, kind of pointless, angsty, e ...more
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