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.”

Christine White

The Life List of Adrian Mandrick

Touchstone/Simon & Schuster

H Is for Hawk meets Grief Is the Thing with Feathers in this evocative debut novel about a pill-popping anesthesiologist and avid birder who embarks on a quest to find one of the world’s rarest species, allowing nothing to get in his way—until he’s forced to confront his obsessions and what they’ve cost him. Combining sharp, elegant prose with environmental adventure, Adrian Mandrick is a poignant, engaging story that heralds the arrival of a new literary talent.

Tim Orchard

Stickle Island

Unnamed Press

When the misfit residents of Stickle Island (off the coast of Kent) find six bales of primo marijuana washed up on their shores, they come up with a (not entirely agreed upon) plan to form a drug-dealing co-op that will use its profits to save the island’s only ferry, which has just been placed on the chopping block. A violent (but funny) mainland drug dealer has other plans, however, and he’s coming to Stickle to see them through. A comedic ensemble romp through Thatcher-era England by a 67-year-old carpenter and debut author.

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.