General Fiction Book Excerpts

Here you will find excerpts and first chapters from the latest general fiction novels. You can use the genres below to navigate to specific titles. Click on the title to read an excerpt of the book.

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by Joseph Kanon (Henry Holt and Co.)

All He Ever Wanted
by Anita Shreve (Little, Brown)

American Gods
by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)

Anansi Boys
by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow)

Anonymous Lawyer
by Jeremy Blachman (Henry Holt)

Bangkok 8
by John Burdett (Knopf)

Bergdorf Blondes
by Plum Sykes (Miramax/Hyperion)

Between Sisters
by Kristin Hannah (Ballantine)

The Book of Eleanor: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine
by Pamela Kaufman (Three Rivers Press)

The Bookseller of Kabul
by Asne Seierstad (Little, Brown)

Burning the Map
by Laura Caldwell (Red Dress Ink)

The Camino
by Shirley MacLaine (Pocket Books)

The Choice
by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central)

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt
by Anne Rice (Knopf)

Cold Mountain
by Charles Frazier (Vintage)

The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The Crazed
by Ha Jin (Pantheon)

The Dogs of Babel
by Carolyn Parkhurst (Little, Brown)

Everyone Worth Knowing
by Lauren Weisberger (Simon and Schuster)

Empress Orchid
by Anchee Min (Houghton Mifflin)

The Fall
by Simon Mawer (Warner Books)

The Feast of Roses
by Indu Sundaresan (Atria Books)

The Final Solution: A Story of Detection
by Michael Chabon (Fourth Estate)

First French Kiss: And Other Traumas
by Adam Bagdasarian (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

The Five People You Meet in Heaven
by Mitch Albom (Hyperion)

For One More Day
by Mitch Albom (Hyperion)

The Gargoyle
by Andrew Davidson (Doubleday)

The Gate
by Francois Bizot (Knopf)

Good Faith
by Jane Smiley (Knopf)

A Good Year
by Peter Mayle (Knopf)

The Guardian
by Nicholas Sparks (Warner)

Gumbo: A Celebration of African-American Writing
Edited by Marita Golden and E. Lynn Harris (Harlem Moon)

Hadrian's Wall
by William Dietrich (HarperCollins)

In Dahlia's Wake
by Yona Zeldis McDonough (Doubleday)

Innocent Traitor: Novel of Lady Jane Grey
by Alison Weir (Ballantine)

by Frank Delaney (HarperCollins)

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)

The Kingmaker
by Brian Haig (Warner Books)

The Known World
by Edward P. Jones (Amistad)

The Lady and the Unicorn
by Tracy Chevalier (Dutton)

Lipstick Jungle
by Candace Bushnell (Hyperion)

Making Things Better
by Anita Brookner (Random House)

The Mermaid Chair
by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking)

The Messiah of Morris Avenue
by Tony Hendra (Henry Holt)

My Life With Corpses
by Wylene Dunbar (Harcourt)

Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf)

Nighttime Is My Time
by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon and Schuster)

Nineteen Minutes
by Jodi Picoult (Atria)

Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart
by Alice Walker (Random House)

Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination
by Helen Fielding (Viking)

One Fifth Avenue
by Candace Bushnell (Hyperion)

Our Kind: A Novel in Stories
by Kate Walbert (Scribner)

The Photograph
by Penelope Lively (Viking)

Playing for Pizza
by John Grisham (Dutton)

The Plot Against America
by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin)

Postcards From Berlin
by Margaret Leroy (Little, Brown)

by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House)

The Probable Future
by Alice Hoffman (Doubleday)

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Mohsin Hamid (Harcourt)

A Saint, More or Less
by Henry Grunwald (Random House)

A Salty Piece of Land
by Jimmy Buffett (Little, Brown)

Sam's Letters to Jennifer
by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

by Marek Halter (Crown Books)

Sea Glass
by Anita Shreve (Little, Brown)

Seek My Face
by John Updike (Knopf)

Shalimar the Clown
by Salman Rushdie (Random House)

Shoot the Moon
by Billie Letts (Warner Books)

Skinny Dip
by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf)

A Spot of Bother
by Mark Haddon (Doubleday)

by Pamela Anderson (Simon and Schuster)

by Roxana Robinson (Random House)

The Tenth Circle
by Jodi Picoult (Atria)

Thirteen Moons
by Charles Frazier (Random House)

The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield (Atria)

In Times of Siege
by Githa Hariharan (Pantheon)

A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead)

Tommy's Tale
by Alan Cumming (ReganBooks)

Trading Up
by Candace Bushnell (Hyperion)

True Believer
by Nicholas Sparks (Warner Books)

Wedding in December
by Anita Shreve (Little, Brown)

The Well of Lost Plots
by Jasper Fforde (Viking)

World Without End
by Ken Follett (Dutton)