Literary Fiction


Looking for the perfect gift for a book lover? Welcome to the gift guide. We've chosen the best-selling literary fiction books of 2013 and similar books that we think you'll enjoy! 



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Characteristics: Heartbreaking and hopeful with a narrative rooted deeply in emotion and relationships. This novel will have you questioning the boundaries between right and wrong. 

If your recipient loved The Light Between Oceans, chances are they'll fly though A Widow Redefined by Kim Cano, a story about a woman who discovers a secret after her husband's death.


Characteristics: A skillfully researched glimpse into lives ruled by ambition, aspiration, and knowledge. Educational and enlightening: A great look into human nature and what we desire. 

If your recipient loved The Signature of All Things, chances are they'll love reading A Storm Hits Valparaiso by David Gaughran, a captivating work of historical fiction with a motley cast of engaging characters.


Characteristics: Original and extraordinary: These collections of short stories will open your eyes to the many faces of hardship, love, and acceptance. 


If your recipient loved Tenth of December, chances are they'll love having While I'm Still Myself by Jeremy Mark Lane, a collection of short stories that focus on one life changing instance, in their library. 

Characteristics: A quirky and quaint rumination on life, love, and death from the eyes of one of our most beloved companions. A must read for dog lovers.  

If your recipient enjoyed reading The Art of Racing in the Rain, then they will fly through Luke's Tale by Carol McKibbin, an emotional look at human behavior from the eyes of a beloved furry companion. 

Characteristics: A novel about pain, suffering, and suicide. This read is not for the faint of heart for in it you will confront some of the deeper issues in our societies and face the tragedy that is teen suicide. 

If your reader was moved by Thirteen Reasons Why, then they will enjoy Another F-Word by Lissa Brown, a novel that confronts the issues and stigmas surrounding homosexuality in America.

Characteristics: A dramatic and deeply moving coming of age tale. Look through the eyes of a young man and see the world, both it's beauty and it's ugliness, in a new light. 

If your reader enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird, then chances are they will love Then Like the Blind Man by Freddie Owens, a story of the deep south in the tumultuous 1950's told through the eyes of a young boy. 

Characteristics: Flawlessly characterized, this novel focuses on the fulcrum at which our lives pivot and chance course. A dark tale of life as we live it. 

If your recipient enjoyed Dear Life, then they will like having Mason's Daughter by Cynthia J. Stone, the story of a woman desperately trying to uncover the truth about her husband's death. 

Characteristics: Historical fiction with plenty of conspiracy, politics, and violence.

If your recipient enjoys historical fiction in the vein of Bring Up the Bodies, they'll enjoy Noblissima by Carrie Bedford, a novel set in Imperial Rome.