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Best Literary Fiction Books You Should Read

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Literary Fiction books.

1. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel (2017)

Best Literary Fiction Books You Should ReadFrom the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining…
Author(s): Anthony Doerr

2. The Overstory: A Novel (2019)

Best Literary Fiction Books You Should ReadWinner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction Shortlisted for the Man Booker PrizeNew York Times Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post, Time, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018 “The best novel ever written about trees, and really just one of the best novels, period.” ―Ann PatchettThe Overstory, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of―and paean to―the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth…
Author(s): Richard Powers

3. A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel (2019)

Best Literary Fiction Books You Should ReadHe can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to. From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian…
Author(s): Amor Towles

4. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel (2017)

Best Literary Fiction Books You Should ReadA beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It’s safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she…
Author(s): Bryn Greenwood

5. There There (2019)

Best Literary Fiction Books You Should Read  “Powerful. . . . There There has so much jangling energy and brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that it’s a revelation.” —The New York Times Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and…
Author(s): Tommy Orange

6. The Storyteller’s Secret: A Novel (2018)

Best Literary Fiction Books You Should ReadNothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past.Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother’s…
Author(s): Sejal Badani

7. Send Down the Rain: New from the author of The Mountains Between Us and the New York Times bestseller Where the River Ends (2019)

Best Literary Fiction Books You Should ReadNew York Times bestselling author Martin brings us “grace, mercy, and forgiveness in this sweeping love story.”*Allie is still recovering from the loss of her family’s beloved waterfront restaurant on Florida’s Gulf Coast when she loses her second husband to a terrifying highway accident. Devastated and losing hope, she shudders to contemplate the future—until a cherished person from her past returns.Joseph has been adrift for many years, wounded in both body and spirit and unable to come to terms with the…
Author(s): Charles Martin

8. A Man Called Ove: A Novel (2015)

Best Literary Fiction Books You Should ReadMeet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox,…
Author(s): Fredrik Backman

9. Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) (2017)

Best Literary Fiction Books You Should Read“There could only be a few winners, and a lot of losers. And yet we played on, because we had hope that we might be the lucky ones.” In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant–and that her lover is married–she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her…
Author(s): Min Jin Lee

10. The Only Story: A novel (Vintage International) (2019)

Best Literary Fiction Books You Should ReadMost of us have only one story to tell . . . only one that matters, only one finally worth telling. This is mine.One summer in the sixties, in a staid suburb south of London, nineteen-year-old Paul comes home from university and is urged by his mother to join the tennis club. There he’s partnered with Susan Macleod, a fine player who’s forty-eight, confident, witty, and married, with two nearly adult daughters. She is a warm companion, her bond with Paul immediate. And soon, inevitably, they are lovers. Basking in the glow of one another, they set up house…
Author(s): Julian Barnes

11. Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel (2019)

Best Literary Fiction Books You Should ReadKirkus Reviews, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many more…   I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting.   Jodi Picoult“To say I love this book is an understatement. It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears.” Reese Witherspoon“Extraordinary . . . books like Little Fires Everywhere don’t come along often. —John GreenFrom the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told…
Author(s): Celeste Ng

12. This Is How It Always Is (2018)

Best Literary Fiction Books You Should ReadThis is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them.This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.This is how children change…and then change the world.This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon…
Author(s): LAURIE FRANKEL

Best Literary Fiction Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some literary fiction books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction

Author(s): Daniel O’Gorman, Robert Eaglestone
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2375167

The Routledge Companion To Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction

Author(s): Daniel O’Gorman, Robert Eaglestone
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2375168

Twenty-First-Century British Fiction and the City

Author(s): Magali Cornier Michael
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2251525

Ethics and Affects in the Fiction of Alice Munro

Author(s): Amelia DeFalco, Lorraine York
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2310728

Irish Urban Fictions

Author(s): Maria Beville, Deirdre Flynn
Publisher: Springer International Publishing,Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2312002

The Single Woman, Modernity, and Literary Culture: Women’s Fiction from the 1920s to the 1940s

Author(s): Emma Sterry
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1698101

Reviewing Blindness in French Fiction, 1789–2013

Author(s): Hannah Thompson
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2017, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2155205

If the Truth Be Told: Accounts in Literary Forms

Author(s): Ronald J. Pelias
Publisher: SensePublishers, Year: 2016, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1470164

The Seduction of Fiction: A Plea for Putting Emotions Back into Literary Interpretation

Author(s): Jean-François Vernay
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1580643

Popular Fiction and Spatiality: Reading Genre Settings

Author(s): Lisa Fletcher (eds.)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1582796

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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