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.

Family Trust
The Rain Watcher
Virgil Wander
The Little Shop of Found Things (The Little Shop of Found Things #1)
Little
Friday Black
A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl
Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners
Listen to the Marriage
In the House in the Dark of the Woods
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
News of Our Loved Ones
Shell
She Would Be King
My Real Name Is Hanna
Nine Perfect Strangers
The Storyteller's Secret
A Spark of Light
Less
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven
Heads You Win
All We Ever Wanted
Everything I Never Told You
This is How It Always Is
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
Winter Loon
Unsheltered
Normal People
The Lost Man
Milkman
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah WatersFingersmith by Sarah WatersAnnie on My Mind by Nancy GardenFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie FlaggKeeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters
Best Lesbian Fiction
1,535 books — 2,052 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
1,042 books — 2,824 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
1,232 books — 2,651 voters

The Joy Luck Club by Amy TanThe Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniThe Namesake by Jhumpa LahiriThe House on Mango Street by Sandra CisnerosInterpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Immigrant Experience Literature
768 books — 1,155 voters
Life of Pi by Yann MartelThe God of Small Things by Arundhati RoyThe Remains of the Day by Kazuo IshiguroMidnight's Children by Salman RushdieThe Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Booker Prize Winners
53 books — 1,769 voters

The Goldfinch
The Great Gatsby
To Kill a Mockingbird
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
Middlesex
Americanah
Red Russia
Atonement
Lolita

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