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.

A Place for Us
There There
Florida
The Great Believers
Number One Chinese Restaurant
The Myth of Perpetual Summer
Tell the Machine Goodnight
Who Is Vera Kelly?
Any Man
Visible Empire
Harry's Trees
The Secrets Between Us
The Possible World
Invitation to a Bonfire
Confessions of the Fox
Before I Knew (The Cabots, #1)
Everything I Never Told You
When Never Comes
Heaven Adjacent
The Things We Don't Say
Everything We Left Behind (Everything #2)
The Book of Essie
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
The Family Next Door
Warlight
The Light We Lost
The Female Persuasion
The Party
The Identicals
コンビニ人間 [Konbini ningen]
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakCatch-22 by Joseph HellerSlaughterhouse-Five by Kurt VonnegutAtonement by Ian McEwanThe Winds of War by Herman Wouk
World War II Fiction
925 books — 1,517 voters
Blood River by Tim ButcherThings Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverChasing the Devil by Tim ButcherHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Africa (fiction and nonfiction)
1,340 books — 1,441 voters

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor DostoyevskyAnna Karenina by Leo TolstoyThe Master and Margarita by Mikhail BulgakovWar and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Best Russian Literature
453 books — 1,883 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
715 books — 1,755 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
585 books — 1,715 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
Life of Pi
The Secret History
The Kite Runner
The Catcher in the Rye
Never Let Me Go
Middlesex
Americanah
Atonement
Lolita
Pride and Prejudice

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