Best Literary Fiction

Literary fiction is serious fiction with claims to literary merit, and focuses more on style, psychological depth, and character. (As opposed to genre or popular fiction).

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3.89 avg rating — 667,871 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 267,109 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 328,342 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 469,025 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 29,825 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 1,802,742 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 483,278 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 246,101 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 22 ratings
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4.46 avg rating — 2,181,393 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 303,768 ratings
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1,285 books · 1,499 voters · list created January 27th, 2009 by Shelagh (votes) .
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Shelagh 45 books
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Michael 84 books
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Yvonne 29 books
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Chelle 147 books
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James 36 books
1146 friends
James 151 books
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Malcolm 693 books
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Barbara 89 books
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message 1: by Yvonne (new)

Yvonne I highly recommend this writer, she is a excellent read.
Yvonne


message 2: by Stuart (new)

Stuart 'The Power of Persuasion' by Shelagh Watkins is a masterpiece of modern day writing -- highly recommended.


message 3: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Brillant!


message 4: by Ann (new)

Ann Bateman New York Trilogy by Paul Auster


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

I wish people would learn to place books in the correct genres. This list has quite a few romance novels, which cannot by any stretch of the imagine be counted as works of literary fiction.


message 6: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy and Narnia are all good books, but they are definitely not literary fiction!


message 7: by Martinw (new)

Martinw deleted user wrote: "I wish people would learn to place books in the correct genres. This list has quite a few romance novels, which cannot by any stretch of the imagine be counted as works of literary fiction."

I was just scanning Goodreads for a list exactly like this, and I have to agree with Daniel. I like these books, but this is not the place for them. Hunger Games, too, should be removed.


message 8: by Donna (last edited Mar 07, 2018 01:51PM) (new)

Donna Davis Removed from page 2 as nonfiction: In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...
Also removed from #426, Pippi Longstocking (c'mon guys, "serious fiction"):
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

I question the inclusion of The Odyssey and The Iliad (page 2), which are poetry. Also...Shakespeare's plays, literary fiction? I'm not touching these until I see feedback, but...?

The system found and removed 3 duplicates.

I am surprised to see some unlikely contenders, yet there was no E.L. Doctorow, Russell Banks, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Willa Cather, Octavia Butler, Jesmyn Ward, or Michael Chabon. I have added them, but if you want to vote for them you'll have to flip to the back pages to find them.

Removed from #125, Speedy Reads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

The system found and removed another duplicate.


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