Best Books: Literary Fiction

So, turns out lists of literary fiction are not that easy to find, unless you are looking for results from a particular year. That, however, is a list that I am not yet making. So I did my best. (Honestly, it’s not the easy to categorize literary fiction, anyhow. I’m pretty sure some of these are in the wrong category.) I knew what I was looking for, but in the end I felt that I had overlooked most of the classics in the genre. What I’m hoping is that those titles have already seeped onto the other lists. Hoping.

Please feel free to send me some of your own suggestions.

  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret AtwoodKITE RUNNER
  • The Kite Runner, Khaled Housseni
  • The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
  • Possession, A.S. Byatt
  • The Unbearble Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
  • Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
  • Perfume, Patrick Suskind
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Housseni
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
  • Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  • The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
  • Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks
  • The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolverpoisonwood-bible
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murukami
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon
  • The Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy
  • Beloved, Tony Morrison
  • Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  • The Kitchen God’s Wife, Amy Tan
  • The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
  • The World According to Garp, John Irving
  • Rabbit Run, John Updike
  • Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
  • The World According to Garp, John Irving
  • The Executioner’s Song, Norman Mailer
  • A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
  • Lullaby, Chuck Palahniuk
  • The Color Purple, Alice Walkerthe-color-purple
  • Ironweed, William Kennedy
  • White Noise, Don DeLillo
  • Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
  • World’s End, T.C. Boyle
  • Beloved, Toni Morrison
  • The Broom of the System, David Foster Wallace
  • In the Lake of the Foods, Tim O’Brien
  • Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
  • American Pastoral, Philip Roth
  • The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
  • Empire Falls, Richard Russo
  • Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
  • What is the What, Dave Eggers
  • Against the Day, Thomas Pynchon
  • Atonement, Ian McEwan
  • A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley
  • Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
  • Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • High Fidelity, Nick Hornbymemoirs-of-a-geisha
  • Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
  • Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
  • The Hours, Michael Cunningham
  • White Teeth, Zadie Smith
  • Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamamnda Ngozi Adichi
  • Atonement, Ian McEwan
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ben Fountain
  • A Visit from the Good Squad, Jennifer Egan
  • The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon
  • The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
  • Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
  • Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
  • The Known World, Edward P. Jones
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
  • Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Austerlitz, W.G. Sebaldnw
  • My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
  • The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst
  • The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  • NW, Zadie Smith
  • 2666, Roberto Bolaño
  • The Great Fire, Shirley Hazzard
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  • Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
  • Dead Souls, Nikolai Gogol
  • Watership Down, Richard Adamsdandelion-wine
  • Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
  • I Served the King of England, Bohumil Hrabal
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
  • On Beauty, Zadie Smith
  • The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
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