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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
Motherhood
The Myth of Perpetual Summer
Who Is Vera Kelly?
Visible Empire
Harry's Trees
Any Man
The Possible World
The Secrets Between Us
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 Stranger by Albert CamusSiddhartha by Hermann Hesse1984 by George OrwellThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryCrime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Best Philosophical Literature
943 books — 2,491 voters

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 — 1,516 voters
Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar WildeWuthering Heights by Emily BrontëJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëCrime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Best Books of the 19th Century
974 books — 5,845 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 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
713 books — 1,118 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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