The Best New Fiction – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Lately the literary novel has gotten stuck with a reputation as the killjoy roommate in the house of fiction. Romances are fun and unpretentious; mysteries have a sexy aura of intrigue and know how to tell a good story; fantasies are the resident eccentrics; young adult novels are those friends who will cry alongside you during cheesy movies. But when people find themselves alone in a room with literary fiction they get uncomfortable. They feel that the conversation is about to become dour and censorious. They feel a harangue…

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