The next genre (or non-genre, if you will) we will be covering is Literary Fiction! This is the area of fiction with the most awards and reviews as well as the type of titles which appear on many Best of ... lists. Literary titles also are often the book of choice for discussion groups.
Our benchmark title for Literary Fiction is Adam Johnson's award-winning The Orphan Master's Son. Johnson's book won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Literature and was also an ALA Notable Books: Fiction category choice for 2013. It covers a very timely topic, taking place and dealing with life in North Korea under the regime of Kim Jong II.
In an article for NoveList, titled Getting Up to Speed in Literary Fiction, David Carr describes the genre as follows: "Literary
Fiction renders the life experiences and personal perspectives of
characters in the midst of complex situations and conflict over values
and relationships. Tensions typically involve finding ways to respond
and cope, and to understand the origins of those problems. In Literary
Fiction, resolutions do not come easily, and the reading experience
often evokes related issues of character, family, ethics, memory, faith,
The Online book discussion for the Literary Fiction benchmark will begin on Wednesday, November 13 and run through Tuesday, November 19. Watch for a question to be posted on the blog each day. The book discussion meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 20 in Room 112 at the General Administration office.
For more information about The Orphan Master's Son look under the Benchmarks tab.