Literary Fiction

List of trending literary fiction books.

He Who Fights with Monsters 8: A LitRPG Adventure

After a much longed-for reunion, Jason Asano works on moving past old
traumas as he looks to a brighter future.Despite warnings of dangers
awaiting him in the future, he gets back in the saddle as an adventurer,
ready to tackle new challenges. Those challenges are not hard to find as
enemies that have lurked in the background start moving into the
light.Jason and his friends don’t wait passively and use schemes of their
own to take the fight to the enemy. Jason’s companions find themselves
plunged into dangerous missions and confronted with enemies both personal
and unexpected. Jason will push new boundaries, and while it comes at a
cost, it will move him deeper into the realms of cosmic power.Book 8 in the
bestselling He Who Fights With Monsters Series is here. Grab your copy
today!About the series: Experience an isekai culture clash as a laid-back
Australian finds himself in a very serious world. See him gain suspiciously
evil powers through a unique progression system combining cultivation and
traditional LitRPG elements. Enjoy a weak-to-strong story with a main
character who earns his power without overshadowing everyone around him,
with plenty of loot, adventurers, gods and magic. Rich characters and
world-building offer humor, political intrigue and slice-of-life elements
alongside lots of monster fighting and adventure. Read more

Horse: A Novel

“Brooks’ chronological and cross-disciplinary leaps are thrilling.” —The
New York Times Book Review “Horse isn’t just an animal story—it’s a moving
narrative about race and art.” —TIME“A revelation . . . [the] best horse
book I’ve ever read.” —Jane Smiley, The New York Times Book ReviewA
discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest
racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner
braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American
historyKentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge
a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting
victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an
itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse
takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the
stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack. New
York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking
risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a
nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious
provenance. Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from
Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves
unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse—one
studying the stallion’s bones for clues to his power and endurance, the
other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were
critical to his racing success. Based on the remarkable true story of the
record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and
science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism. Read more

Tis the Season for Revenge

Abbie Keller thought that Richard Bartholemew Benson the Third would be
her forever. In their four years of dating, she never doubted that she
wouldn’t end up with his grandmother’s engagement ring on her finger. Sure,
she had to change a few things about herself to fit that mold, like dying
her hair, dressing more conservatively, and finding golf enjoyable
(honestly the most difficult of the changes), but she was sure that at the
end of it all, it would be worth it.That is, until he leaves her crying
outside her apartment wearing a Halloween costume, having broken it off
with her because she’s just not serious enough. She was just fun, he tells
her – and now that Richard has becoming a partner at his law firm in his
sights, he needs to focus on work.So she does what every girl does when
she’s broken up with: she calls her friends, gets drunk, dyes her hair, and
formulates her plan for revenge. It just so happens that the universe
supports her efforts and gives her the perfect match to prove to her ex
that he made a huge mistake: his boss.Abbie starts dating the founding
partner of Richard’s law firm, Damien Martinez, with one thing in mind:
convincing him to invite her to the huge annual Christmas party as his
date.But when the relationship starts to become something more than casual
dating and Abbie sees that the tough New York lawyer has a soft side, will
she be able to follow through with her plan of deceit? Read more

The Bookstore Sisters: A Short Story

From New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman comes a heartfelt
short story about family, independence, and finding your place in the
world.Isabel Gibson has all but perfected the art of forgetting. She’s a
New Yorker now, with nothing left to tie her to Brinkley’s Island, Maine.
Her parents are gone, the family bookstore is all but bankrupt, and her
sister, Sophie, will probably never speak to her again.But when a
mysterious letter arrives in her mailbox, Isabel feels herself drawn to the
past. After years of fighting for her independence, she dreads the thought
of going back to the island. What she finds there may forever alter her
path—and change everything she thought she knew about her family, her home,
and herself. Read more

Untying the Knot

A spin-off from the #1 Amazon bestsellers, A Not So Meet Cute and So Not
Meant To Be, USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn brings you a
heart-warming, yet hilarious full-length novel on what life is like after
the happily ever after.Ryot Bisley is my husband. Yes, the former third
baseman for the Chicago Bobbies and absolute heart throb of the Windy City.
That Ryot Bisley.The first time I ran into him, he was grumpy, a horrific
host, and left me on his sofa with nothing but a nylon baseball flag to use
as a blanket.The second time, he reluctantly bought me dinner, stared at my
chest the entire night, and still sported that permanent frown.The third
time . . . well, that was a game changer. His smile captured me, his
teasing charmed me, and his touches excited me.So when he was called up to
the majors that didn’t stop us from knocking it out of the park and all the
way down the aisle.Eleven years later…I’d love to say we’re happy as ever
but the man who sent me dirty text messages every day is long gone and Mr.
Frowny Face is back.He’s so focused on trying to build a life after
baseball that he doesn’t see the life we’ve already created together. . .so
I make the hard decision and serve him divorce papers.Problem is…my husband
refuses to accept those papers. Instead, he has a new game plan that makes
untying the knot of our marriage a little tricky. And just when I thought I
wanted to be traded . . . he’s slowly, tantalizingly roping me back in. Read more

Icebreaker

Anastasia Allen has worked her entire life for a shot at Team USA.A
competitive figure skater since she was five years old, a full college
scholarship thanks to her place on the Maple Hills skating team, and a
schedule that would make even the most driven person weep, Stassie comes to
win.No exceptions.Nathan Hawkins has never had a problem he couldn’t solve.
As captain of the Maple Hills Titans, he knows the responsibility of
keeping the hockey team on the ice rests on his shoulders.When a
misunderstanding results in the two teams sharing a rink, and Anastasia’s
partner gets hurt in the aftermath, Nate finds himself swapping his stick
for tights, and one scary coach for an even scarier one.The pair find
themselves stuck together in more ways than one, but it’s fine, because
Anastasia doesn’t even like hockey players…right?18+ content. Read more

Their Vicious Darling (Vicious Lost Boys)

The Dark One has finally accepted me…just in time for everything to
change. Because Vane’s brother, The Crocodile, has just arrived on
Neverland soil and he’s not alone. He’s brought with him members of the
royal Darkland family and they want Vane’s Death Shadow back at any cost.Of
course, Peter Pan, Vane, Kas and Bash, they’re all familiar with war. But
war isn’t easy when love is on the line.I know those vicious Lost Boys
would do anything to protect me. But what if I’m not the one that needs
saving?As power shifts on the island and shadows are claimed, all five of
us have to let go of who we were, if we have any chance of becoming who we
are destined to be.NOTE: Their Vicious Darling is book three in the Vicious
Lost Boys series. It is a dark romantic reimagining of Peter and Wendy. All
characters have been aged up. If you like your enemies to lovers romance
with hot, ruthless, morally gray love interests, you’ll enjoy Their Vicious
Darling. You can expect an island with darkness and secrets and no true
hero in sight, with a found family atmosphere, and ‘touch her and I’ll
unalive you’ vibes. Their Vicious Darling ends on a cliffhanger.Please
check the author’s website for CWs. Read more

Love on the Brain

A #1 LibraryReads and Indie Next Pick!From the New York Times bestselling
author of The Love Hypothesis comes a new STEMinist rom-com in which a
scientist is forced to work on a project with her nemesis—with explosive
results.Like an avenging, purple-haired Jedi bringing balance to the
mansplained universe, Bee Königswasser lives by a simple code: What would
Marie Curie do? If NASA offered her the lead on a neuroengineering
project—a literal dream come true after years scraping by on the crumbs of
academia—Marie would accept without hesitation. Duh. But the mother of
modern physics never had to co-lead with Levi Ward. Sure, Levi is
attractive in a tall, dark, and piercing-eyes kind of way. And sure, he
caught her in his powerfully corded arms like a romance novel hero when she
accidentally damseled in distress on her first day in the lab. But Levi
made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school—archenemies work
best employed in their own galaxies far, far away. Now, her equipment is
missing, the staff is ignoring her, and Bee finds her floundering career in
somewhat of a pickle. Perhaps it’s her occipital cortex playing tricks on
her, but Bee could swear she can see Levi softening into an ally, backing
her plays, seconding her ideas…devouring her with those eyes. And the
possibilities have all her neurons firing. But when it comes time to
actually make a move and put her heart on the line, there’s only one
question that matters: What will Bee Königswasser do? Read more

Chasing Love (Dark Love Series)

He was my first love.Shattered me, then left without a goodbye.Eight years
have passed, and now he’s back.But, I’m engaged. And he will do anything to
make sure I’m his… 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯.I’ve fought hard to rebuild my life. So
when the ever-so-perfect Julian Baker proposes marriage, I’m ready to
forget the past and move on with my new love.In a cruel twist of fate, my
past and future collide. I’m forced to face the man who destroyed my heart
back in high school. Lex Edwards, turned billionaire tycoon, is ruthless,
cunning, and will not stop until I’m his.A complicated love triangle was
never something I imagined when Julian proposed to me. Especially not
involving Lex. Hearts and egos are bound to be broken. But whose heart will
capture mine when the darkness fades? Read more

Defiance of the Fall 6: A LitRPG Adventure

The Lich King Adriel is gone and Earth has avoided being drowned in deadly
Miasma. Yet an even greater dangers lurks in the dark, and Zac is running
against the clock. The Great Redeemer bears down on their planet, guided by
Void’s Disciple and his children.Everything points toward the mysterious
base built by the Technocrats. That’s where the Dominators are hiding, and
even the remaining invaders have set their sights on the powerful treasure
within.And it might even be the key to solve the mystery of Zac’s
background.Book 6 of the hit Defiance of the Fall LitRPG series. Grab your
copy today!About the Series: Jump into a story that merges Apocalyptic
LitRPG elements with eastern cultivation. Class systems, skill systems,
endless choices for progression, it has everything fans of the genre love.
Explore a vast universe full of mystery, adventure, danger and even aliens;
where even a random passer-by might hold the power of a god. Follow Zac as
he struggles to stake out a unique path to power as a mortal in a world
full of cultivators. Read more

Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel (Random House Large Print)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • ONE OF
NPR’s BEST BOOKS OF 2022 A must-read debut! Meet Elizabeth Zott: a
one-of-a-kind scientist in 1960s California whose career takes a detour
when she becomes the unlikely star of a beloved TV cooking show in this
novel that is “irresistible, satisfying and full of fuel. It reminds you
that change takes time and always requires heat” (The New York Times Book
Review).“It’s the world versus Elizabeth Zott, an extraordinary woman
determined to live on her own terms, and I had no trouble choosing a
side…. A page-turning and highly satisfying tale: zippy, zesty, and
Zotty.” —Maggie Shipstead, best-selling author of Great CircleChemist
Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be
the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But
it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute
takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans;
the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in
love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results. But like science,
life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds
herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most
beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking
(“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”)
proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy.
Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook.
She’s daring them to change the status quo. Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly
observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters,
Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist. Read more

It’s Not Summer Without You

Soon to be a streaming series in Summer 2022! Belly finds out what comes
after falling in love in this follow-up to The Summer I Turned Pretty from
the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
(now a major motion picture!), Jenny Han.It used to be that Belly counted
the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and
Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad
stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart,
leaving Belly wishing summer would never come. But when Jeremiah calls
saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things
right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of
them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly
is the last summer, it should end the way it started—at Cousins Beach. Read more

After I Do: A Novel

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn
Hugo “A seductive twist on the timeless tale of a couple trying to
rediscover love in a marriage brought low by the challenges of domestic
togetherness…touching, perceptive, and achingly honest.” —Beatriz Williams,
New York Times bestselling authorWhen Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches
the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide
to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One
year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from
that, anything goes. Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly
finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning
of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the
challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about
monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance
without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no
longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?
This is a love story about what happens when the love fades. It’s about
staying in love, seizing love, forsaking love, and committing to love with
everything you’ve got. And above all, After I Do is the story of a couple
caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever
after. Read more

The Gravel Pits

A fictional historical story of an Australian colonial family’s dark side during the birth of a new colony at the Yarra River settlement of Port Phillip Bay. To the riches of the Ballarat goldfields and beyond the Eureka Stockade Rebellion.

The Housemaid: An absolutely addictive psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist

“Welcome to the family,” Nina Winchester says as I shake her elegant,
manicured hand. I smile politely, gazing around the marble hallway. Working
here is my last chance to start fresh. I can pretend to be whoever I like.
But I’ll soon learn that the Winchesters’ secrets are far more dangerous
than my own…Every day I clean the Winchesters’ beautiful house top to
bottom. I collect their daughter from school. And I cook a delicious meal
for the whole family before heading up to eat alone in my tiny room on the
top floor.I try to ignore how Nina makes a mess just to watch me clean it
up. How she tells strange lies about her own daughter. And how her husband
Andrew seems more broken every day. But as I look into Andrew’s handsome
brown eyes, so full of pain, it’s hard not to imagine what it would be like
to live Nina’s life. The walk-in closet, the fancy car, the perfect
husband.I only try on one of Nina’s pristine white dresses once. Just to
see what it’s like. But she soon finds out… and by the time I realize my
attic bedroom door only locks from the outside, it’s far too late.But I
reassure myself: the Winchesters don’t know who I really am.They don’t know
what I’m capable of…An unbelievably twisty read that will have you glued to
the pages late into the night. Anyone who loves The Woman in the Window,
The Wife Between Us and The Girl on the Train won’t be able to put this
down!Read what everyone’s saying about The Housemaid:“I got severe whiplash
from the twistiest turns… Every time I thought I had it figured out…
WRONG!!!… I am still reeling… outstanding… If you love a top notch
psychological thriller that will have you questioning your own sanity, then
this 5 star read is for you.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“What a wild ride!!!
Freida definitely delivered the best twisty ending… Gripping from start to
finish… honestly, I just could not put it down… An absolutely mind-blowing
shocker that kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat literally until
the very end.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“One wild ride!… So many twists and
turns… I was hooked right away – I even read my Kindle while waiting in my
kid’s school pick-up line so I wouldn’t have to put this book down!…
addictive… pure perfection!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“Wow!!!… Blimey! What
a roller coaster ride this was! It had me sitting on the edge of my seat!…
Superb book!… Fantastic ending!!!!… I highly recommend… fantastic… Big fat
5 stars from me.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“SO GOOD… I didn’t want to put
it down! I read 70% in one sitting… I was on the edge of my seat… you will
not see the ending coming! Drop what you are doing and pick up this book!”
@Thriller_book_sisters, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“You will NOT believe the direction this book
takes… A jaw-dropping twist… A truly stunning thriller that I could not
read quickly enough.” @carriereadsthem_all, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“I was obsessed with this
story… couldn’t get through the story fast enough… I was continuously
gasping or saying “noooooo” out loud.” Sarah in Readerland“I could NOT put
it down!… An incredible roller-coaster ride… This book left me hungry for
more and I could not believe the ending!!” Goodreads
reviewer,⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“Terrific! Finished The Housemaid in one night, totally
compulsively readable… the ending packs a wallop!” NetGalley reviewer,
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Read more

The Hotel Nantucket

“The queen of beach reads” (New York Magazine) delivers an immensely
satisfying page-turner in this tale about a summer of scandal at a storied
Nantucket hotel.Fresh off a bad breakup with a longtime boyfriend,
Nantucket sweetheart Lizbet Keaton is desperately seeking a second act.
When she’s named the new general manager of the Hotel Nantucket, a once
Gilded Age gem turned abandoned eyesore, she hopes that her local expertise
and charismatic staff can win the favor of their new London billionaire
owner, Xavier Darling, as well as that of Shelly Carpenter, the wildly
popular Instagram tastemaker who can help put them back on the map. And
while the Hotel Nantucket appears to be a blissful paradise, complete with
a celebrity chef-run restaurant and an idyllic wellness center, there’s a
lot of drama behind closed doors. The staff (and guests) have complicated
pasts, and the hotel can’t seem to overcome the bad reputation it earned in
1922 when a tragic fire killed nineteen-year-old chambermaid Grace Hadley.
With Grace gleefully haunting the halls, a staff harboring all kinds of
secrets, and Lizbet’s own romantic uncertainty, is the Hotel Nantucket
destined for success or doom? Filled with the emotional depth and multiple
points of view that characterize Hilderbrand’s novels (The Blue Bistro,
Golden Girl) as well as an added dash of Roaring Twenties history, The
Hotel Nantucket offers something for everyone in this compelling summer
drama. Read more

Nightwork: A Novel

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts introduces an
unforgettable thief in an unputdownable new novel…Greed. Desire. Obsession.
Revenge . . . It’s all in a night’s work. Harry Booth started stealing at
nine to keep a roof over his ailing mother’s head, slipping into luxurious,
empty homes at night to find items he could trade for precious cash. When
his mother finally succumbed to cancer, he left Chicago—but kept up his
nightwork, developing into a master thief with a code of honor and an
expertise in not attracting attention?or getting attached. Until he meets
Miranda Emerson, and the powerful bond between them upends all his rules.
But along the way, Booth has made some dangerous associations, including
the ruthless Carter LaPorte, who sees Booth as a tool he controls for his
own profit. Knowing LaPorte will leverage any personal connection, Booth
abandons Miranda for her own safety—cruelly, with no explanation—and
disappears.But the bond between Miranda and Booth is too strong, pulling
them inexorably back together. Now Booth must face LaPorte, to truly free
himself and Miranda once and for all. Read more

Book Lovers

“One of my favorite authors.”—Colleen HooverAn insightful, delightful,
instant #1 New York Times bestseller from the author of Beach Read and
People We Meet on Vacation. Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Oprah
Daily ∙ Today ∙ Parade ∙ Marie Claire ∙ Bustle ∙ PopSugar ∙ Katie Couric
Media ∙ Book Bub ∙ SheReads ∙ Medium ∙ The Washington Post ∙ and more!One
summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming… Nora Stephens’
life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not
the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the
sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients,
for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her
beloved little sister Libby. Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine
Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a
sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora,
who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But
instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or
bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a
bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if
not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute. If
Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero,
but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences
no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just
unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves. Read more

The Condom and Other Stories

Contemporary literary fiction. African characters and encounters.

The Condom and Other Stories presents a colorful cast of characters whom readers will simultaneously cheer and boo in seventeen stories laced with humor, snappy dialogue, and the odd twist.

~ How does a philandering London lawyer explain the condom his shocked wife found in his clothes that morning?

~ Can sophisticated Ada hold her breath—and misgivings—long enough to finish consulting the musty mystic healer on her childlessness?

~ Why does nonchalant Nez seem to be doing everything she can to fail her visa interview at the US Embassy?

~ Will straitlaced Susan, a chorister and prayer warrior, come up with a ruse in time to stop her partner from yielding to the rapacious preacher?

The intrigues keep coming in this entertaining collection which is told at a lively pace. As the heroines and heroes navigate testing encounters and relationships, their inflamed passions, conflicted moralities, and nifty schemes combine to produce a series of amusing results.

Madman’s Dream

A small collection of short poems

Starboard Eight

Young Jesse O’Cathasaigh lives on a family farm in Arkansas. Here, beneath the sweltering sun and close to the surging Mississippi, he spends his free time exploring and adventuring with his beloved dogs. But these halcyon days cannot last forever. In 1968, the family faces a savage twister that wreaks havoc on the local area. Worse, his parents must continually endure the torment of having a son at war in Vietnam.
As he moves into his teenage years, Jesse becomes an excellent football player but repeatedly clashes with teammate Rick Neal. The racist bully provokes Jesse at every turn and their rivalry culminates in Rick killing Jesse’s dog, Rip. Jesse’s rage is eventually unleashed in a violent attack on Rick. At their wits’ end with their volatile son, his parents send the sixteen-year-old to join The Blue Water School. This unique institution is based on two sailing ships and offers troubled youngsters a chance to turn their lives around.
Arriving in Guadalupe, Jesse is assigned to Lacrosse, where he meets his fellow rookies in their ‘Starboard Eight’ berths. They are a disparate bunch, including anxious Gene, combative Bill and engaging Dan. For Jesse this a new world of relentless work, nautical lore and exotic locations. But before long, the competitive young man is drawn into another rivalry: this one with John Gold, a senior mate who enjoys tormenting the ‘rookies’. However, Jesse also meets Rachel, a confident girl with whom he conducts an on-off romance.
Though physically capable and bright, Jesse is not a strong academic. He is some way behind his compatriots and will need to catch up quickly. One of the Blue Water teachers suggests that he postpone graduation but Jesse is determined to make up ground. After only a few weeks, he begins to grasp the appeal of the sailing life and an additional goal is participation in the prestigious Tall Ships race, which will culminate in New York Harbour in this most significant of years: 1976, the bicentenary.
As the