• About

    What Is This Group?

    Atlanta Tuesday Literary Writers is a group of writers who write literary novels and short stories. We meet in person to discuss four excerpts of up to 6,000 words shared six days before.

  • About

    What Is Literary Fiction?

    Literary fiction colors freely over and outside the lines of convention, genre, and craft lore that shape pop fiction. Its primary characteristics are non-conventionality, depth of character and milieu, and freer narrative style.

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    How Do I Join?

    Check out the two documents linked in this article. If they concord with your values and your writing, actually or aspirationally, email us a sample or two. We're pretty inclusive.

  • Takeaways

    What Are Takeaways?

    Takeaways are a series of posts looking at various novels and authors of note to discuss aspects of craft that make them interesting. They are not reviews, synopses, or traditional “book reports.” They do not provide more than the merest gist of what a book is about or what happens in it. In fact, they assume you have already read…

  • Takeaways

    Intimacies (2021) Katie Kitamura

    Intimacies (2021), A Separation (2017), Katie Kitamura Katie Kitamura (born 1979) is a good indication of where literary publishing is today. She has published two earlier novels, Gone to the Forest (2013) and her debut novel The Longshot (2009), plus the autobiographical Japanese for Travellers: A Journey (2006), none of which I have yet gotten around to reading closely. I’ve…

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    Sophie’s Choice (1979) William Styron

    Sophie’s Choice is another must-do for any series about takeaways from serious writing. But is it ever daunting! The book is notable first but least for being a traditionally published doorstop of 240,000 words (roughly the same as The Magus) typographically crammed into 562 pages. Offhand I can think of only Earthly Powers (1980, Anthony Burgess) and The Prince of…

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    The Magus (1965) John Fowles

    The Magus (1965) , Daniel Martin (1977) — John Fowles. Sooner or later, any series of Takeaway posts must get around to John Fowles (1926-2005), particularly The Magus (1965), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969), and Daniel Martin (1977). Fowles is after all—sometimes together with Lawrence Durrell—credited with inventing the postmodern novel. That seems as good a reason as any to…