Literary Fiction

Tired of escapist genre fiction? Looking for multilayered storytelling that offers insights into the thoughts, emotions and motivations of characters? These literary fiction novels are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

Did You Ever Have a FamilyDid You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
A woman’s life is completely devastated when a disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her ex-husband and her boyfriend in a single moment.

Outline by Rachel Cusk
A novelist leading a course in creative writing encounters people who speak about themselves, ultimately disclosing a portrait of their teacher.

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
A small village in 1850s rural Ireland is baffled by a woman’s self-inflicted expression of faith that brings tourists and journalists in search of a miracle.

LaRose by Louise Erdrich
When a man accidently shoots his neighbor’s five-year-old son, he turns to an Ojibwe tribe tradition and following an ancient means of retribution, he and his wife give their own son to the grieving family.

Homegoing : A NovelHomegoing by Yaa Gyasi
In 18th century Ghana, two half-sisters unknown to each other, follow vastly different paths, one living in the comfort of Cape Coast Castle and the other sold into slavery.

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
In 1885, a war hero leads a small band of men on an expedition to explore the Alaska Territory, recording his experiences in the hope that his journal will reach his pregnant wife.

Mischling by Affinity Konar
In 1944, as part of the experimental population of twins at Auschwitz, sisters experience privileges and horrors unknown to others.

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
A young anthropologist accompanies her invalid mother to the coast of southern Spain to see a famous medical consultant, a last chance to find treatment for an unpredictable limb paralysis.

ArrowoodArrowood by Laura McHugh
Twenty years after her two-year-old sisters were stolen from the front yard of their Iowa home while she watched, a woman returns to confront the past.

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
A Viet Cong agent spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
The stories of two broken families are followed over the course of forty years, through love and marriage, death and divorce and a dark secret from childhood that lies underneath their relationships.

Barkskins : A NovelBarkskins by Annie Proulx
An illiterate woodsman and his descendants travel from France to China to New England in search of a livelihood and fleeing war, pestilence, Indian attacks or revenge.

The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith
A rare, 1631 landscape by a female Dutch painter and a 1950s forgery of the painting intersect at a New York gallery.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
An unrepentant aristocrat is sentenced to house arrest in 1922, and lives in an attic room while decades of Russian history unfold outside the hotel’s doors.

Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew Retold by Anne Tyler
A father, desperate to save the project that is his life’s work, comes up with a plan to marry his genius research assistant to his socially awkward daughter.

The Underground Railroad (Pulitzer Prize Winner) (National Book Award Winner) (Oprah's Book Club) : A NovelThe Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
A Georgia slave learns about the Underground Railroad through a recent arrival from Virginia and together they take the terrifying risk to escape.

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Running into a long-ago friend, a woman remembers the 1970s on the streets of Brooklyn and the girls who shared her confidences.

October 28, 2016