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Word Count for Literary Fiction
The word count range for Literary Fiction is 80,000 to 110,000. With The Road at 58,702 words and The Goldfinch at 296,582 words, this genre (also known as General or Commercial Fiction) tends to have a wide range. Still, a book such as Life of Pi at 98,783 words is more on target. Here are more examples:
80,000 -
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 47,094
The Road by Cormac McCarthy 58,702
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 73,404
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje 82,370
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan 89,682
90,000
Room by Emma Donoghue 91,281
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 97,914
Life of Pi by Yhann Martel 98,783
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 99,121
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 99,969
100,000 +
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 107,052
Atonement by Ian McEwan 123,378
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling 162,152
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides 194,952
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 296,582


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