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List of famous parallel novel books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular parallel novel books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best parallel novel 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 Lion Among Men is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Gregory Maguire A Lion Among Men is the third novel in Gregory Maguire's The Wicked Years and was released in the UK on October 2, 2008, October 8 in the US, and on October 14, 2008 in the rest of Europe. Prior ...more

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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsis... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Gregory Maguire Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel by Gregory Maguire, retelling the tale of Cinderella through the eyes of one of her "ugly stepsisters". In 2002, the book was adapted into ...more

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Foe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
J. M. Coetzee Foe is a 1986 novel by South African-born Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee. Woven around the existing plot of Robinson Crusoe, Foe is written from the perspective of Susan Barton, a castaway who ...more

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Grendel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
John Gardner Grendel is a 1971 novel by American author John Gardner. It is a retelling of part of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf from the perspective of the antagonist, Grendel. In the novel, Grendel is ...more

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Jack Maggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Peter Carey Jack Maggs is a novel by Peter Carey.

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Lavinia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Ursula K. Le Guin Lavinia is a Locus Award winning 2008 novel by American author Ursula K. Le Guin. It relates the life of Lavinia, princess of Laurentum, a minor character in Vergil's epic poem the Aeneid.

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Mary Reilly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Valerie Martin Mary Reilly is a 1990 parallel novel by American writer Valerie Martin. It is inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It was nominated for ...more

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Mirror, Mirror is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Gregory Maguire Mirror, Mirror is an American novel published in 2003. It was written by Gregory Maguire. The novel is a revisionist version of the tale of Snow White.

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Sherlock Holmes's War of the W... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Manly Wade Wellman, Wade Wellman Sherlock Holmes's War of the Worlds is a sequel to H. G. Wells' science fiction novel The War of the Worlds, written by Manly Wade Wellman and his son Wade Wellman, and published in 1975. It was ...more

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Son of a Witch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Gregory Maguire Son of a Witch is a fantasy novel written by Gregory Maguire. The book is Maguire’s fifth revisionist story and the second set in the land of Oz originally conceived by L. Frank Baum. It is a ...more

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The Holder of the World is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Bharati Mukherjee The Holder of the World, is a novel by Bharati Mukherjee. It is a retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter, placing the story in two centuries. The novel involves time ...more

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The Hours is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Michael Cunningham The Hours is a 1998 novel written by Michael Cunningham. It won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and was later made into an Oscar-winning 2002 movie ...more

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The Last Ringbearer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Kirill Eskov The Last Ringbearer is a 1999 fantasy book by Russian author Kirill Eskov. It is an alternative account of, and an informal sequel to, the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

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The Lost Books of the Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Zachary Mason The Lost Books of the Odyssey is a 2007 novel by Zachary Mason, republished in 2010. Mason, who wrote the book while working full-time, attempted to publish the book after it won first prize in ...more

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The Other Log of Phileas Fogg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Philip José Farmer The Other Log of Phileas Fogg is a science fiction/Steampunk parallel history novel written by American author Philip José Farmer in 1973. It was originally published by DAW Books and ...more

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The Penelopiad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Margaret Atwood The Penelopiad is a novella by Margaret Atwood. It was published in 2005 as part of the first set of books in the Canongate Myth Series where contemporary authors rewrite ancient myths. In The ...more

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The Third Witch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Rebecca Reisert The Third Witch is a novel written by Rebecca Reisert. It was first published in 2001.

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The Wind Done Gone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Alice Randall The Wind Done Gone is the first novel written by Alice Randall. It is a bestselling historical novel that tells an alternative account of the story in the American novel Gone with the Wind by ...more

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Till We Have Faces is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
C. S. Lewis Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold is a 1956 novel by C. S. Lewis. It is a retelling of Cupid and Psyche, based on its telling in a chapter of The Golden Ass of Apuleius. This story had haunted ...more

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Wicked: The Life and Times of ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Gregory Maguire Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West is a novel published in 1995 written by Gregory Maguire and illustrated by Douglas Smith. It is a revisionist look at the land and ...more

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Wide Sargasso Sea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Parallel Novel Books and Novels
Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea is a 1966 postcolonial novel by Dominica-born British author Jean Rhys, who had lived in obscurity after her previous work, Good Morning, Midnight, was published in 1939. She ...more