My editor, my agent and my publicist all assure me that my new novel Sea Changes is a work of literary fiction.
But what does that mean, exactly? That's it's well written? That it will appeal to serious, intelligent readers? That its subject matter is somehow literary? All of the above? Or something else?
I've come to the conclusion that "literary fiction" simply means non-genre. If it isn't a romance or a thriller or science fiction or fantasy or any other identifiable genre, then it's "literary fiction".
So does this mean that genre fiction can't be "literary"? Absolutely not. Look at P.D. James. Look at Stephen King.
But if genre fiction can also be literary fiction, then what is literary fiction? I'm looking for a definition. Can anyone help me out here?
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