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List of famous literary fiction books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular literary fiction books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best literary fiction novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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A Cure for Cancer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
A Cure for Cancer Michael Moorcock

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A Perfect Night to Go to China is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels

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A Perfect Peace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
A Perfect Peace Amos Oz

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An American Demon: A Memoir is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels

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And the Land Lay Still is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
And the Land Lay Still James Robertson

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Bearing the Body is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Bearing the Body Ehud Havazelet

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Beauty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Beauty Raphael Selbourne

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Bloodletting & Miraculous Cure... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels

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Breakfast in the Ruins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Breakfast in the Ruins Michael Moorcock

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Bring Up the Bodies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Bring Up the Bodies Hilary Mantel

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C is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
C Tom McCarthy

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Carl Haffner's Love of the Dra... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels

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Charlie Peace is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Charlie Peace Paul Pickering

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Dirty Weekend is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels

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Divisadero is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Divisadero Michael Ondaatje

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Firing the Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Firing the Cathedral Michael Moorcock

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I Didn't Mean to be Kevin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels

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Ilustrado: A Novel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Ilustrado: A Novel Miguel Syjuco

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In a Strange Room is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
In a Strange Room Damon Galgut

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Incendiary is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Incendiary Chris Cleave

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Jerusalem Commands is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Jerusalem Commands Michael Moorcock

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Lord of Misrule is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Lord of Misrule Jaimy Gordon

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Love in the Time of the Apocal... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels

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Luv Ya Bunches is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Luv Ya Bunches Lauren Myracle

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Midnight and the Meaning of Lo... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels

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Midnight: A Gangster Love Stor... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels

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Miss Madeira is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Miss Madeira Austin Gary

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Mother London is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Mother London Michael Moorcock

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Narcopolis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Narcopolis Jeet Thayil

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Night Work is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Night Work Thomas Glavinic

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Oblivion: Stories is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Oblivion: Stories David Foster Wallace

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Once Upon a River is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Once Upon a River Bonnie Jo Campbell

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Only Revolutions is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Only Revolutions Mark Z. Danielewski

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Other Electricities is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Other Electricities Ander Monson

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Over the Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels

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Parrot and Olivier in America is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels

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Perfect English is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels

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Please Look After Mom is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Please Look After Mom Shin Kyung-sook

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Prater Violet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Prater Violet Christopher Isherwood

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Room is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Room Emma Donoghue

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Skippy Dies is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Skippy Dies Paul Murray

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Stranger Will is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Stranger Will Caleb J. Ross

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Swimming Home is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Swimming Home Deborah Levy

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Telegraph Avenue is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
Telegraph Avenue Michael Chabon

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The Adventures of Una Persson ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels

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The Anthologist is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
The Anthologist Nicholson Baker

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The Art of Fielding is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach

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The Assassin's Song is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
The Assassin's Song M. G. Vassanji

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The Blue Gate of Babylon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels

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The Coldest Winter Ever is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels
The Coldest Winter Ever Sister Souljah