The 241 Best General Fiction Novels

  1. Lila by Marilynne Robinson (42)
  2. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (27)
  3. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay (24)
  4. A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride (22)
  5. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante (22)
  6. Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (21)
  7. Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson (21)
  8. Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle (21)
  9. The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez (20)
  10. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (20)
  11. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (19)
  12. My Struggle Book Three: Boyhood by Karl Ove Knausgård (19)
  13. An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine (19)
  14. 10:04 by Ben Lerner (18)
  15. All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu (17)
  16. The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt (17)
  17. The Fever by Megan Abbott (15)
  18. How to Be Both by Ali Smith (15)
  19. The Children Act by Ian McEwan (14)
  20. Family Life by Akhil Sharma (14)
  21. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (12)
  22. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (12)
  23. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (11)
  24. Landline by Rainbow Rowell (10)
  25. Orfeo by Richard Powers (10)
  26. Us by David Nicholls (10)
  27. Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce (9)
  28. Tigerman by Nick Harkaway (9)
  29. Florence Gordon by Brian Morton (8)
  30. How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran (8)
  31. The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour (8)
  32. Nobody Is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey (8)
  33. Singing All the Birds by Evie Wyld (7)
  34. Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher (7)
  35. Panic in a Suitcase by Yelena Akhtiorskaya (7)
  36. Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter (7)
  37. The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink (7)
  38. F by Daniel Kehlmann (6)
  39. In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman (6)
  40. The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob (6)
  41. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (6)
  42. The Ballad of a Small Player by Lawrence Osborne (5)
  43. The Betrayers by David Bezmogis (5)
  44. A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall by Will Chancellor (5)
  45. Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer (5)
  46. Every Day Is for the Thief by Teju Cole (5)
  47. Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre (5)
  48. Inc. Foreign Gods by Okey Ndibe (5)
  49. The Girls from Corona Del Mar by Rufi Thorpe (5)
  50. High as the Horses’ Bridles by Scott Cheshire (5)
  51. In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen (5)
  52. The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson (5)
  53. Life Drawing by Robin Black (5)
  54. Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet (5)
  55. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (5)
  56. Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish (5)
  57. Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo (5)
  58. 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino (4)
  59. All I Love and Know by Judith Frank (4)
  60. Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia (4)
  61. The Dog by Joseph O’Neill (4)
  62. Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli (4)
  63. The Girl who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill (4)
  64. A Little Lumpen Novelita by Roberto Bolaño (4)
  65. The Painter by Peter Heller (4)
  66. Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement (4)
  67. Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah (4)
  68. Remember Me like This by Bret Anthony Johnston (4)
  69. The Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman (4)
  70. Ruby by Cynthia Bond (4)
  71. Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler (4)
  72. The Vacationers by Emma Straub (4)
  73. Andrew’s Brain by E. L. Doctorow (3)
  74. Casebook by Mona Simpson (3)
  75. Confessions by Kanae Minato (3)
  76. Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (3)
  77. Falling out of Time by David Grossman (3)
  78. Friendship by Emily Gould (3)
  79. I Am Having So Much Fun Here without You by Courtney Maum (3)
  80. Into the Go-Slow by Bridgett M. Davis (3)
  81. Kinder than Solitude by Yiyun Li (3)
  82. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (3)
  83. Lost for Words by Edward St. Aubyn (3)
  84. Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen (3)
  85. Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok (3)
  86. The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert (3)
  87. The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis (3)
  88. The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach (3)
  89. Shark by Will Self (3)
  90. Thirty Girls by Susan Minot (3)
  91. This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash (3)
  92. This Is the Water by Yannick Murphy (3)
  93. The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker (3)
  94. Wittgenstein Jr. by Lars Iyer (3)
  95. Three Hundred Million by Brett Butler (2)
  96. Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead (2)
  97. The Author and Me by Eric Chevillard (2)
  98. The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King (2)
  99. The Bear by Claire Cameron (2)
  100. Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda (2)
  101. The Brunist Day of Wrath by Robert Coover (2)
  102. Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey (2)
  103. Delicious! by Ruth Reichl (2)
  104. Famous Writers I Have Known by James Magnuson (2)
  105. The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson (2)
  106. History of the Rain by Niall Williams (2)
  107. The Home Place by Carrie La Seur (2)
  108. The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai (2)
  109. I Am China by Xiaolu Guo (2)
  110. I Loved You More by Tom Spanbauer (2)
  111. I’ll Be Right There by Kyung-Sook Shin (2)
  112. In the Course of Human Events by Mike Harvkey (2)
  113. The Last Lover by Can Xue (2)
  114. The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh (2)
  115. The Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashima (2)
  116. Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile (2)
  117. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (2)
  118. Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton (2)
  119. Shirley by Susan Scarf Merrell (2)
  120. Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball (2)
  121. The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (2)
  122. Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen (2)
  123. A Sudden Light by Garth Stein (2)
  124. Sweetland by Michael Crummey (2)
  125. Waiting for the Electricity by Christina Nichol (2)
  126. Women by Chloe Caldwell (2)
  127. The Year She Left Us by Kathryn Ma (2)
  128. Your Face in Mine by Jess Row (2)
  129. Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers (1)
  130. Adam by Ariel Schrag (1)
  131. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid (1)
  132. American Romantic by Ward Just (1)
  133. The Anatomy of Dreams by Chloe Krug Benjamin (1)
  134. Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky by David Connerley Nahm (1)
  135. Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth (1)
  136. The Answer to Everything by Elyse Friedman (1)
  137. Apart at the Seams by Marie Bostwick (1)
  138. Arts and Entertainments by Christopher Beha (1)
  139. Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas (1)
  140. The Barter by Siobhan Adcock (1)
  141. Be Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman (1)
  142. Beautiful You by Palahniuk ,Chuck (1)
  143. Bedrock Faith by Eric Charles May (1)
  144. The Beggar and the Hare by Thomas Kyro (1)
  145. Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine (1)
  146. Black Dance by Nancy Huston (1)
  147. The Blessings by Elise Juska (1)
  148. The Book of Gold Leaves by Mirza Waheed (1)
  149. The Book of Jonah by Joshua Max Feldman (1)
  150. Boxer Handsome by Anna Whitwham (1)
  151. Byrd by Kim Church (1)
  152. Carry the Sky by Kate Gray (1)
  153. Cataract City by Craig Davidson (1)
  154. Caught by Lisa Moore (1)
  155. Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy (1)
  156. Chop Chop by Simon Wroe (1)
  157. The Confessions of Frances Godwin by Robert Hellenga (1)
  158. Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro (1)
  159. Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore by Walter Mosley (1)
  160. Delilah’s Daughters by Angela Benson (1)
  161. The Devil I Know by Claire Kilroy (1)
  162. Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub (1)
  163. The Dismal Science by Peter Mountford (1)
  164. Emeralds Included by Betsy Woodman (1)
  165. The End of the Book by Porter Shreve (1)
  166. Eyrie by Tim Winton (1)
  167. The Farm by Tom Rob Smith (1)
  168. Fat Man and Little Boy by Mike Meginnis (1)
  169. For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu (1)
  170. The Fracking King by James Browning (1)
  171. Friendswood by Rene Steinke (1)
  172. Gemini by Carol Cassella (1)
  173. The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne (1)
  174. Give It to Me by Ana Castillo (1)
  175. The Guest Cat by Takahashi Hiraide (1)
  176. Hiding in Plain Sight by Nuruddin Farah (1)
  177. The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron (1)
  178. Hold Me in Contempt by Wendy Williams (1)
  179. House of Ashes by Monique Roffey (1)
  180. The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell (1)
  181. How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer (1)
  182. The Hunting Gun by Yasushi Inouye (1)
  183. In Certain Circles by Elizabeth Harrower (1)
  184. In the Red by Elena Mauli Shapiro (1)
  185. It Will End with Us by Sam Savage (1)
  186. The Joneses by Sheila Goss (1)
  187. Kiss the Ring by Meesha Mink (1)
  188. The Language of Silence by Peggy Webb (1)
  189. The Last Days of California by Mary Miller (1)
  190. The Last Enchantments by Charles Finch (1)
  191. The Last Magazine by Michael Hastings (1)
  192. Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert (1)
  193. Leavetaking by Peter Weiss (1)
  194. Leaving Tomorrow by David Bergen (1)
  195. The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner (1)
  196. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (1)
  197. A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin (1)
  198. Missing Reels by Farran Smith Nehme (1)
  199. The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances by Ellen Cooney (1)
  200. Mr. Gwyn by Alessandro Baricco (1)
  201. Mr. Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo (1)
  202. Next Life Might Be Kinder by Howard Norman (1)
  203. Of Sea and Cloud by Jon Keller (1)
  204. Only the Longest Threads by Tasneem Zehra Husain (1)
  205. The Plover by Brian Doyle (1)
  206. The Possibilities by Kaui Hart Hemmings (1)
  207. Pushkin Hills by Sergei Dovlatov (1)
  208. The Replacement Life by Boris Fishman (1)
  209. Saint Monkey by Jacinda Townsend (1)
  210. Season to Taste by Natalie Young (1)
  211. Short Century by David Gerrard (1)
  212. Sister Golden Hair by Darcy Steinke (1)
  213. The Sixteenth of June by Maya Lang (1)
  214. Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof (1)
  215. A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray (1)
  216. The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar (1)
  217. Strange Bodies by Marcel Theroux (1)
  218. Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch (1)
  219. Suzanne Davis Gets a Life by Paula Morantz Cohen (1)
  220. Sweetness #9 by Stephan Eirik Clark (1)
  221. Talking to Ourselves by Andres Neuman (1)
  222. That Summer by Lauren Willig (1)
  223. Their Lips Talk of Mischief by Alan Warner (1)
  224. The Thing about December by Donal Ryan (1)
  225. Three Light-Years by Andrea Canobbio (1)
  226. The Thrill of It All by Joseph O’Connor (1)
  227. The Tower by Uwe Tellkamp (1)
  228. The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland (1)
  229. Trilemma by Jennifer Mortimer (1)
  230. Try to Kiss a Girl by Kevin Killeen (1)
  231. Upstairs at the Party by Linda Grant (1)
  232. Us Conductors by Sean Michaels (1)
  233. Visible City by Tova Mirvis (1)
  234. The Walk Home by Rachel Seiffert (1)
  235. We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride (1)
  236. What Ends by Andrew Ladd (1)
  237. Why Are You So Sad? by Jason Porter (1)
  238. With My Dog Eyes by Hilda Hilst (1)
  239. The World of Rae English by Lucy Rosenthal (1)
  240. Wynne’s War by Aaron Gwyn (1)
  241. You Should Have Known by Jean Korelitz (1)
  242. You’re Not Much Use to Anyone by David Shapiro Jr. (1)