Books We Recommend: Literary Fiction (Novels)

By Independent Book Review

By Independent Book Review

Looking for proof that these indie press novels are awesome? Check out our review of each title at IndependentBookReview.com.

The Book of X

Sarah Rose Etter

$17.98 $16.54

"I’ve never had a reading experience quite like The Book of X. Told in three parts, Sarah Rose Etter spares no creative detail with this unique story. From the meat quarry where Cassie’s family works to the rawness of a woman’s reality at the hands of bad men, this novel will leave you stunned." -- Jaylynn Korrell, Independent Book Review

Sightseeing

Michael Onofrey

$12.95

"Life imitates art in this sexy Parisian mystery. Before picking up this book, I suggest pouring yourself a big glass of wine...You might just need it." -- Rosa Kumar, Independent Book Review

Panic Years

Daniel Difranco

$16.00 $14.72

“Panic Years by Daniel DiFranco is a dynamic life-on-the-road novel that never pumps the brakes.” -- Joe Walters, Independent Book Review

Virtuoso

Yelena Moskovich

$16.99 $15.63

"With incredible characters and sharp narration, Virtuoso illustrates the many ways in which women don’t follow the stereotypes created for them." -- Jaylynn Korrell, Independent Book Review

As a River

Sion Dayson

$17.99 $16.55

"As a River pulls readers under the weight of history with an expertly crafted plot, lyrical prose, and an ending that brings us to the depths of life and death." -- Sean Alan Cleary, Independent Book Review

I Don't Think of You (Until I Do)

Tatiana Ryckman

$12.00 $11.04

"In I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do), Tatiana Ryckman nestles into your head and pokes around in there. With the help of her intensely likeable protagonist, she illustrates the highs and lows and never-ending curiosities of not-living-together relationships." -- Joe Walters, Independent Book Review

Mostly Dead Things

Kristen Arnett

$15.95 $14.67

"It’s a slow burn, but it offers the unique opportunity for readers to understand intimately all the things that make up our main character and see if she has what it takes to help herself improve." -- Joe Walters, Independent Book Review

Rabbit Cake

Annie Hartnett

$15.95 $14.67

"Rabbit Cake isn’t leaving my head anytime soon. In the brilliant voice of twelve year-old Elvis Babbitt, Annie Hartnett’s newest book successfully toes the lines of grievance and comedy. This intriguing, just-weird-enough tale kept me entertained from the first page to the last." -- Joe Walters, Independent Book Review

Besotted

Melissa Duclos

$16.99 $15.63

"In Besotted by Melissa Duclos, an American expat searches for identity in a foreign place. Descriptions of Shanghai as well as characterization of unique people leap from the page with Duclos’s lyrical prose, putting readers right in the room of this story of love and coming of age." -- R. Read, Independent Book Review

The Word for Woman Is Wilderness

Abi Andrews

$16.99 $15.63

"Reading Andrews was an experience I can’t compare with other writing. It’s quick and smart and really just in a league of its own." -- Jaylynn Korrell, Independent Book Review

Good Grief

Nick Gregorio

$18.00

"Nick Gregorio blends fiction with incredible in this powerful novel about grief, pain, and learning to get over it." -- Joe Walters, Independent Book Review

Whiteout Conditions

Tariq Shah

$14.99 $13.79

"Like a poetic venture through the stubborn feelings of men, this short debut novel from Tariq Shah takes an uncomfortable look at loss, grief, and the lengths people go to avoid feeling pain." -- Jaylynn Korrell, Independent Book Review

Five Windows

Jon Roemer

$16.95 $15.59

"Jon Roemer’s debut novel Five Windows is a fascinating glimpse into the life of our unnamed protagonist, an editor at a small press publisher for unique and brilliant books, living behind the thin walls and windows of his outer San Francisco home. Roemer’s book is one part humor, one part ambiguous, and all parts existential." -- Rosa Kumar, Independent Book Review

The Summer Demands

Deborah Shapiro

$25.00 $22.50

"Shapiro grabs the reader by the feelings with her characters in this one. They’ll resonate with just about any human to an uncomfortable degree. The Summer Demands reminds us that life stays just as complicated, if not increasingly so, as we grow older." -- Jaylynn Korrell, Independent Book Review

The Conviction of Cora Burns

Carolyn Kirby

$16.95 $15.59

"After finishing Cora Burns, I couldn’t help but feel impressed at author Carolyn Kirby’s ability to make me empathize with such a mad individual. Because Cora has lived virtually her whole life imprisoned, she returns to society in a feral and truly enthralling state to follow." -- Jaylynn Korrell, Independent Book Review

Two Natures

Jendi Reiter

$22.00

"It’s an enlightening and challenging novel that is often compelling and always frank. Above all, it is a book for all readers with a love of fine writing, witty repartee, and genuine feeling." -- Jack Messenger, Independent Book Review

How to Set Yourself on Fire

Julia Dixon Evans

$16.95 $15.59

"How to Set Yourself on Fire deserves every one of its five stars—and maybe more. I connected with Sheila deeply, while also laughing at and with her. I flipped ferociously through the ends of each chapter, continuing to search for how she would learn, adapt, and maybe in the end inspire me to do the same." -- Jaylynn Korrell, Independent Book Review

Throw

Ruben Degollado

$17.00 $15.64

"Throw will undoubtedly go down as one of the best books I’ll read this year. Not only does the story hit hard and effectively, but it tackles the stories of Latino American youth in realistic, empathetic ways. It would be a great choice for you, your teenager, and really, just about anybody who gets their hands on it." -- Joe Walters, Independent Book Review

Virtual Velocity: An L.A. Story

Anthony Mora

$16.95 $15.59

"Virtual Velocity is a love letter to LA. Anthony Mora writes it in a beautiful way, rendering it real and true, and in so doing, makes the reader love it also. This is a cinematic book that breaks the story arc, telling a story in moments, about how a writer became a writer almost by accident." -- Ruben Degollado, Independent Book Review

Farewell Olympus

Jack Messenger

$11.37

"Author Jack Messenger has written this novel with light-hearted wit and humor, turning what could otherwise be a dark mystery into a light and pleasant read. Messenger has evident insight into the complexity of relationships and human psychology, making his characters fully credible and observed with astute detail." -- Helen Barnes, Independent Book Review

Cloud Cover

Jeffrey Sotto

$10.99

"Whether you’re struggling with mental health or know someone who is, Cloud Cover is a story that will feel familiar in its honest portrayal. In Jeffrey Sotto’s first novel, he documents the life of a man battling grief after his mother’s death and fretting regularly about how he will be perceived in public. With graphic descriptions and a glimmer of hope, Cloud Cover unveils the inner thoughts that accompany people dealing with grief, eating disorders, and the circumstances that got them there." -- Jaylynn Korrell, Independent Book Review

The Orange Grove

Kate Murdoch

$16.95 $15.59

"Kate Murdoch’s The Orange Grove is an indulgent, shimmering novel that follows the lives of a spurned wife and four mistresses as they navigate the petty jealousies, passionate liaisons, and quests for self-fulfillment and love that define life at an 18th century chateau." -- Rosa Kumar, Independent Book Review

The Road to Delano

John Desimone

$26.00 $23.40

"DeSimone is descriptive and fearless in his writing. He creates an honest portrayal of a difficult time in California history where countless people fought for fair working conditions and a decent life. " -- Sam Cohen, Independent Book Review