Literary Fiction

We represent a select list of literary novels, from Alice LaPlante's New York Times bestselling Turn of Mind to British comedian Mark Watson's Eleven. While we represent plenty of books with literary merit in the other categories, we always love challenging novels -- novels that aspire to change the way we read, narrators whose voices are like puzzles, and sentences so beautiful we can't help but memorize them.

A Wide Range

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A Wide Range

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Alice LaPlante

Turn of Mind

Grove/Atlantic


Respected Stanford and San Francisco State writing teacher Alice LaPlante’s debut novel is a stunning literary thriller about an orthopedic surgeon with dementia—who may or may not have murdered her lifelong best friend.  Turn of Mind has been sold in 11 countries, is a number one Indie Next pick, received a starred Kirkus review, and has been praised by dozens of acclaimed writers, including Colin Harrison, who says, “LaPlante possesses both the wild audacity to attempt such a tour-de-force and the pure talent to pull it off.  Completely unforgettable.”

Michelle Tea

Black Wave

Feminist Press

Michelle Tea newest literary novel tells the story of Michelle, who, desperate to quell her addiction to drugs, disastrous romance, and nineties San Francisco, heads south for LA. The book has been praised by Jill Soloway, Daniel Handler, Maggie Nelson and Eileen Myles, and Kirkus calls it “a biting, sagacious, and delightfully dark metaliterary novel about finding your way in a world on fire.” 

David Hicks

White Plains

Conundrum Press

Flynn Hawkins is a graduate assistant at a prestigious university on his way to greatness. But in the aftermath of 9/11, Flynn leaves his wife and children, resigns his teaching position and heads west, only to get lost in his guilt and in the mountains of Colorado and realize he needs to remake himself for his children. With wit and insight, David Hicks, the author of WHITE PLAINS, tells a compassionate but unblinking eye on what it means to be human.

Lisa Lutz

How to Start A Fire

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Lisa Lutz’s NYT bestselling and Edgar-nominated Spellman series has been praised by many and translated into 20 languages, but here she publishes a new, standalone novel about unexpected friendship—three women thrown together in college who grow to adulthood united and divided by secrets, lies, and a single night that shaped all of them.  It got starred Booklist, Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly reviews, and Megan Abbott calls it, “Whipsmart and cunning, deeply funny and profoundly moving… a knockout." The novel is an IndieNext pick and an Amazon Best Book of the Month.

Shanthi Sekaran

Lucky Boy

Putnam/Penguin Random House

Sekaran’s second novel has received three starred pre-pub reviews, is an IndieNext pick, and Amazon best book of the month pick, and an iBook of the month pick. Eden Lepucki writes, ““How lucky the reader who gets to devour Shanthi Sekaran's extraordinary, necessary novel. It's a story about immigration, privilege, and parenthood, and shows us how we are connected, and how we are, perhaps irreparably, divided. It swept me away and took a little piece of my heart with it.”

Meg Elison

The Book of Etta

47th North

In the gripping sequel to the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, one woman undertakes a desperate journey to rescue the future. Meg Elison’s second book picks up where her first left off. Pockets of the postapocalyptic world are beginning to restore order in their own isolated ways, creating new social norms and moral codes. But Etta struggles to find a place in this world as she desires to fill the masculine role of raider, leading her to question her culture and identity.