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Literary fiction

From beach reads to brainy books and everything in between.

Literary fiction overview

Literary fiction, as opposed to genre or popular fiction, focuses on style and depth, and is often character-driven.

Staff picks

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty
Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson
Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan
Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay

Challenging reads

Ulysses by James Joyce
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Mrs. Dalloway by Virgina Woolfe
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Middlemarch by George Eliot

Award winners

Small Predators by Jennifer Ilse Black
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
Milkman by Anna Burns
Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

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