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.

When All Is Said
Golden Child
An Orchestra of Minorities
The Wartime Sisters
The Far Field
You Know You Want This
We Cast a Shadow
The Current
Sugar Run
We Hope for Better Things
Learning to See
Late in the Day
That Churchill Woman
The Weight of a Piano
The Widows
Where the Forest Meets the Stars
The Beantown Girls
The Storyteller's Secret
The Beekeeper's Promise
The Forgotten Hours
The Snow Gypsy
Normal People
Everything I Never Told You
True Places
Blood for Blood (Ziba MacKenzie, #1)
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven
The Last Romantics
A Curve in the Road
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellThe Help by Kathryn StockettThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Best Southern Literature
1,126 books — 2,477 voters
The Stranger by Albert CamusSiddhartha by Hermann Hesse1984 by George OrwellThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéryگم شده ای در مه by سید مرتضی مصطفوی
Best Philosophical Literature
1,045 books — 2,855 voters

Call Me By Your Name by André AcimanThe Song of Achilles by Madeline MillerMaurice by E.M. ForsterBrokeback Mountain by Annie ProulxThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Best Gay Fiction
1,754 books — 2,480 voters
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz ZafónThe Name of the Rose by Umberto EcoAnd Then There Were None by Agatha ChristieThe Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
Best Literary Mysteries
1,287 books — 2,729 voters

The Bell Jar by Sylvia PlathGirl, Interrupted by Susanna KaysenThe Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins GilmanProzac Nation by Elizabeth WurtzelThe Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Women and Mental Illness
760 books — 1,814 voters
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeePride and Prejudice by Jane AustenJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë1984 by George OrwellThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Must Read Classics
1,342 books — 3,788 voters

The Goldfinch
The Great Gatsby
To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird, #1)
The Handmaid's Tale
All the Light We Cannot See
The Secret History
Life of Pi
The Kite Runner
The Catcher in the Rye
Never Let Me Go
Red Russia

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