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)
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
She Would Be King
My Real Name Is Hanna
Nine Perfect Strangers
The Storyteller's Secret
A Spark of Light
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
Normal People
The Lost Man
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Women and Mental Illness
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World War II Fiction
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Watchmen by Alan MooreSoon I Will Be Invincible by Austin GrossmanThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael ChabonBatman by Frank MillerHero by Perry Moore
Superhero Fiction
682 books — 1,114 voters
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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
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