Best Contemporary Fiction Of All Time

When you don’t have the time for wordy classics, not in the frame of mind for poetic verses, and cannot satiate your literary thirst with a meagre dose of a short story but have the weekend to kill, pick up one of these titles listed below. They are the best and the most popular of this genre of Contemporary Fiction.

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1. ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ By John Green

A beautiful story of life and love, the narrative is set around Hazel, a terminally ill cancer patient annd Augustus Waters of the Cancer Kid Support Group. This award-winning and heartbreaking work of the author is brilliant, tragic, thrilling, and funny – all at the same time.


2.’The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo (Millennium, #1)’ By Stieg Larsson

Now a very popular motion picture, the book is an exciting and intelligent novel which is a combination of a love story, murder mystery, family drama, and financial intrigue. It’s about a disappearence forty long years ago, of Harriet Vanger, a scion of the richest family in Sweden and the determination of her uncle to unearth the mystery he suspects to be a murderous plot.


3. ‘The Kite Runner’ By Khaled Hosseini

This is the story of the unlikely friendship between a rich boy and the son of his father’s servant, set in a country that is on the way to destruction. In this heartbreaking classic, Amir is the son of a rich merchant in Kabul and Hassan, his companion and servant is from an impoverished family and a lower caste. As political, ethnic, and religious tensions in Afghanistan increase, the friends are torn apart. The story spans over a period of thirty years and traces Amir’s journey back to a distant land in search of his only true friend. Kite Runner is the masterpiece of Khaled Hosseini.


4. ‘Life Of Pi’ By Yann Martel

This fantasy adventure is a novel that was published in 2001. It has been made into a popular movie. The story of Life of Pi is about the Tamil boy. Piscine Molitor ‘Pi’ Patel. He hails from Pondicherry in South India and is drawn to practicality and spirituality. He is stranded on a boat in a shipwreck and survives the oceanic fury of the Pacific, and his only compaion during this ordeal, Richard Parker, the Bengal tiger.


5. ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ By Khaled Hosseini

This is once again a chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and once again, a timeless classic like the earlier book of Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner. A thousnd splendid sons is a moving story of faith, family, friendship, and of love. The story is about Laila and Mariam, two women belonging to different generations and with very different views on family and love, but brought together by war and fate. As they traverse the tumultous path of life in Kabul, they change the course of their lives forever.


6. ‘The Da Vinci Code’ By Robert Langdon

A riveting story with thrills, The Da Code is a perfect murder mystery for history buffs and lovers of puzzles alike. The story begins with a late-night phone call to a renowned symbologist, Robert Langdon, seeking his help in solving the mysterious murder of an elderly curator at Louvre. Trying to solve a cipher, Langdon discovers hidden clues in the works of the genius artist, Da Vinci, With French cryptologist Sophie Neveu, Langdon bids to solve the labyrinthine puzzle and bring an explosive truth of history to light.  This is an unpredictable thriller with an unexpected conclusion.


7. ‘The Help’ By Kathryn Stockett

Meet three women – Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny. They are very different from one another but they come together for a cause. They undertake a clandestine project risking themselves in the process. The three women decide to start a movement that would forever change the town and also the way in which people view each other, The Help is a moving tale of hope.

8. ‘Americanah’ By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A fitting tale for the globalized world of the day, Americanah is tender, funny, and engaging. It spans across the continents of Africa, America, and Europe and tells stories of different lives. It follows the life of Ifemelu and Obinze, teenagers in Nigeria, While Ifemelu flees the military regime of Nigeria to land in America, Obinze who hoped to join her cannot. He leads an undocumented existence in London. When they meet again in Nigeria after several years, they have to make tough decisions.


9. ‘The Fountainhead’ By Ayn Rand

A best-selling novel by Russian-American author Ayn Rand, the book propagates the author’s belief that individualism is superior to collectivism. The protagonist of the novel is opposed to valuing conformity over independence,

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