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.

The Map of Salt and Stars
The Pisces
The Ensemble
That Kind of Mother
What Should Be Wild
Star of the North
The Summer I Met Jack
A Lite Too Bright
The Water Cure
The Optimistic Decade
Shadow Child
Meet Me at the Museum
So Lucky
Cult X
The Book of Essie
Everything I Never Told You
When Never Comes
The Hideaway
The Family Next Door
The Things We Don't Say
The Light We Lost
The Letter
The Female Persuasion
Twist of Faith
The Mars Room
This is How It Always Is
Social Creature
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The Great Gatsby
The Handmaid's Tale
All the Light We Cannot See
Life of Pi
The Kite Runner
The Secret History
The Catcher in the Rye
Never Let Me Go
Lord of the Flies

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