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.”

Sarah Healy

The Sisters Chase

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Sisters Chase is a gripping, emotionally charged novel about two sisters left homeless by their mother’s death and the extreme lengths Mary, fierce and beautiful and forced to grow up too quickly, will go to to protect both her young sister and the unbearable secrets that bind them together. Kirkus Reviews says, “The sisters’ relationship – and their resilience – makes this novel powerful.”

Thrity Umrigar

Everybody's Son

Harper/HarperCollins

The bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Space Between Us and The World We Found deftly explores issues of race, privilege, and power, asking readers to consider uncomfortable moral questions in this ambitious, emotionally wrenching novel of two families—one black, one white. Thrity Umrigar, the author of five novels and the memoir First Darling of the Morning, is an award-winning journalist, whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Huffington Post.

Zachary Schomburg

Mammother

Featherproof Books

The people of Pie Time are suffering from God's Finger, a mysterious plague that leaves its victims dead with a big hole through their chests. In each hole is a random consumer product. With a large cast of unusual characters, each struggling with their own complex and tangled relationships to death, money, and love, Mammother is a fabulist's tale of how we hold on and how we let go in a rapidly growing world. Schomburg is the author of four books of poetry including Scary, No Scary and The Book of Joshua.

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.