High concept literary fiction

A Listmania! list by D. Morris "@MirabilisDave" (London, United Kingdom)
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The list author says: "Literary fiction is changing. Only a few years ago, it was usually characterized as beautifully written but aimless, in contrast to genre fiction which is propelled by strong plot but often suffers from unreadably ugly prose. "Has the writer a pen in her hand or a pickaxe?" as Virginia Woolf put it.

But there's a new trend in literary fiction. Without sacrificing the quality of the writing, authors are borrowing from genre fiction the intriguing hook and the page-turning pacing. These are a few of the novels that show this development at its best."
The Swan Thieves
1.  The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
$10.84   Used & New from: $0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (365 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Tiger's Wife: A Novel
2.  The Tiger's Wife: A Novel by Téa Obreht
$10.32   Used & New from: $0.01
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (798 customer reviews)

Under a Blood Red Sky
3.  Under a Blood Red Sky by Kate Furnivall
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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The Time Traveler's Wife
4.  The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,646 customer reviews) | 65 customer discussions

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The Gargoyle
5.  The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
$12.69   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (524 customer reviews) | 12 customer discussions

My Memories of a Future Life
6.  My Memories of a Future Life by Roz Morris
$14.18   Used & New from: $11.60
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

The Historian
7.  The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
$10.25   Used & New from: $0.12
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,057 customer reviews) | 16 customer discussions

The Interpretation of Murder: A Novel
8.  The Interpretation of Murder: A Novel by Jed Rubenfeld
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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The Secret History
9.  The Secret History by Donna Tartt
$9.52   Used & New from: $1.95
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,045 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Girls: A Novel
10.  The Girls: A Novel by Lori Lansens
$10.77   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Lovely Bones
11.  The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
$20.13   Used & New from: $3.28
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,869 customer reviews)

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