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Best Modern Fiction Books Worth Your Attention

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Modern Fiction books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. One More Time: A Memoir (Encore Nonfiction Modern Classics) (2003)

Best Modern Fiction Books Worth Your AttentionCarol Burnett spent most of her childhood in a Depression-scarred Hollywood neighborhood, where she lived in a single-room apartment with her endearingly batty grandmother, Nanny, a hypochondriacal Christian Scientist with a buried past. The child of two alcoholic parents, Burnett presents a sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking coming-of-age: from her sadly hopeful mother, who was hooked on Tinseltown fantasy, to the first signs of her own comic gift; from happy weekends spent with her father, to their last tragic meeting in a public…
Author(s): Carol Burnett

2. The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction (Modern Library Paperbacks) (2003)

Best Modern Fiction Books Worth Your Attention“Make [your] characters want something right away—even if it’s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time.” — “‘The cat sat on the mat’ is not the beginning of a story, but ‘the cat sat on the dog’s mat’ is.” — Nothing is more inspiring for a beginning writer than listening to masters of the craft talk about the writing life. But if you can’t get Vladimir Nabokov, Virginia Woolf, and Gabriel García Márquez together at the Algonquin, The Modern…
Author(s): Stephen Koch

3. Modern Korean Fiction: An Anthology (2005)

Best Modern Fiction Books Worth Your AttentionTo represent the past century of Korean fiction, this definitive collection extends beyond familiar writers, challenges cultural norms, and crosses political borders. By inlcuding stories from neglected female, North Korean, and wolbuk writers (those who migrated to the North after 1945 and whose works were widely banned in South Korea) and by bringing politically engaged works together with experimental ones, this anthology articulates the ruptures and resolutions that have makred the peninsula.From sketches of desperate peasants in straitened circumstances to fast-moving,…
Author(s): Bruce Fulton

4. Don Quixote: The Quest for Modern Fiction (2000)

Best Modern Fiction Books Worth Your AttentionSince its publication in the early seventeenth century Don Quixote has become a classic of world literature, and its hero a symbol of romantic aspiration and absurdity. Even today, Cervantes’s mad knight continues to reach out and hook readers’ psyches. Don Quixote is the story of a verisimilar literary character, whose rich and conflicted inner life and encounters with the world around him became the prototype for the modern novel, from Tom Jones to Lolita. Johnson situates Quixote within its relevant historical and cultural context, including the uniquely Spanish form of the…
Author(s): Carroll B. Johnson

5. Joanna Russ (Modern Masters of Science Fiction) (2019)

Best Modern Fiction Books Worth Your AttentionExperimental, strange, and unabashedly feminist, Joanna Russ’s groundbreaking science fiction grew out of a belief that the genre was ideal for expressing radical thought. Her essays and criticism, meanwhile, helped shape the field and still exercise a powerful influence in both SF and feminist literary studies.Award-winning author and critic Gwyneth Jones offers a new appraisal of Russ’s work and ideas. After years working in male-dominated SF, Russ emerged in the late 1960s with Alyx, the uber-capable can-do heroine at the heart of Picnic on Paradise and other popular stories and books. Soon,…
Author(s): Gwyneth Jones

6. The Bell Jar (Modern Classics) (2005)

Best Modern Fiction Books Worth Your AttentionThe Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under — maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that Esther’s insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book,…
Author(s): Sylvia Plath

7. Alone: Beth Ann’s Story of Survival (Equipping Modern Patriots) (2016)

Best Modern Fiction Books Worth Your AttentionSo you think you’re afraid of the dark? Twenty-two-year-old Beth Ann is content with her small-town life. That is, until the day America’s electric grid is destroyed by terrorists. What starts out as an inconvenience quickly becomes a catastrophe—not only do the lights stay off, but cars won’t run and phones are dead. The world screeches to a halt. Without communication and basic supplies like food and water, widespread confusion spirals into deadly chaos within days. A wealthy opportunist saves the townspeople with his secret cache of food…
Author(s): C M Hollerman, Jonathan Hollerman

8. The Modern Break-Up (2019)

Best Modern Fiction Books Worth Your Attention"When it comes to dating, I seem to be going around in a circle. The ones I want don't want me, and the ones who want me, I don't want." -Amelia “I don’t know, I just think there’s too much miscommunication between guys and girls. I mean, no one knows what the fuck is going on. We need to have the discussion. We need to vent it and get it out in the open,” I said, grabbing my drink from the bedside table. _______ sat on the edge of the bed and put his shirt back on. “What do you want to know?” “I just want to know what guys are…
Author(s): Daniel Chidiac

9. A Prayer for the Ship (The Modern Naval Fiction Library) (2005)

Best Modern Fiction Books Worth Your AttentionSmall, quick-moving torpedo boats played a vital role in protecting the Allied convoys in the English Channel and the North Sea during World War II, and Sub-Lieutenant Clive Royce is newly assigned to MTB 1991, joining a crew already seasoned by death and fear. Now it is up to him to take the place of their dead first lieutenant and earn the respect of his captain and crewmates….
Author(s): Douglas Reeman

10. Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to the Present (2007)

Best Modern Fiction Books Worth Your AttentionFrom memoir to journalism, personal essays to cultural criticism, this indispensable anthology brings together works from all genres of creative nonfiction, with pieces by fifty contemporary writers including Cheryl Strayed, David Sedaris, Barbara Kingsolver, and more.Selected by five hundred writers, English professors, and creative writing teachers from across the country, this collection includes only the most highly regarded nonfiction work published since 1970. Contributers include: Jo Ann Beard, Wendell Berry, Eula Biss, Mary Clearman Blew, Charles Bowden, Janet Burroway, Kelly Grey…
Author(s): Lex Williford, Michael Martone

11. Modern Love, Revised and Updated: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption (2019)

Best Modern Fiction Books Worth Your AttentionA young woman goes through the five stages of ghosting grief. A man’s promising fourth date ends in the emergency room. A female lawyer with bipolar disorder experiences the highs and lows of dating. A widower hesitates about introducing his children to his new girlfriend. A divorcée in her seventies looks back at the beauty and rubble of past relationships. These are just a few of the people who tell their stories in Modern Love, Revised and Updated, featuring dozens of the most memorable essays to run in The New York Times “Modern…
Author(s): Daniel Jones , Andrew Rannells, et al.

12. One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.) (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (2006)

Best Modern Fiction Books Worth Your AttentionOne Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women — brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul — this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction….
Author(s): Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Gregory Rabassa

Best Modern Fiction Books Worth Your Attention

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 modern 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 New Ottoman Greece in History and Fiction

Author(s): Trine Stauning Willert
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311097

Reading Sideways: The Queer Politics of Art in Modern American Fiction

Author(s): Dana Seitler
Publisher: Fordham University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2423829

Reading the modern European novel since 1900 : a critical study of major fiction from Proust's Swann's way to Ferrante's Neapolitan tetralogy

Author(s): Schwarz, Daniel R
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2227005

"Colonised by Wankers": Postcolonialism and Contemporary Scottish Fiction

Author(s): Jessica Homberg-Schramm
Publisher: Modern Academic Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2230400

Fictions of the Press in Nineteenth-Century France

Author(s): Edmund Birch
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2250076

Modernism, Fiction and Mathematics

Author(s): Nina Engelhardt
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 395 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2332570

Frankenstein and its Classics: The Modern Prometheus from Antiquity to Science Fiction

Author(s): Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Jesse Weiner, Brett M. Rogers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2400863

Popular Media in Kenyan History: Fiction and Newspapers as Political Actors

Author(s): George Ogola
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1676401

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

Rewriting the ancient world. Greeks, Romans, Jews and Christians in modern popular fiction

Author(s): Maurice, Lisa
Publisher: Brill, Year: 2017, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2237276

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really best-sellers according to Los Angeles Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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