What are the best short novels for adults?

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    #1Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 

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    Christopher Ruiz
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "You can't go wrong with the classics. A great short novel for adults is Animal Farm by George Orwell. This also happens to be one of my favorite books of all time!"
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    #2The Buddha in the Attic

    The Buddha in the Attic

    The Buddha in the Attic is Julie Otsuka's novel about a group of young Japanese women brought to San Francisco as picture brides and servants to rich white people.


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    Zachary Rodriguez
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "While the material often deals with heavy subject matter, the artistry and sensitivity of the author make this a very compelling read. It comes in at 144 pages and can be read in an afternoon or two, but the story of Japanese women in WWII America stays with the reader long after putting the book down. "
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    Pnin is a classical fiction novel by Vladimir Nabokov which follows the story of Professor Timofey Pnin, a Russian immigrant who finds himself employed in an American college campus in the 1950s. It was published in 2004 by Everyman's Library.


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    Carol Xiao
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book is amazing, it describes a very special story, it absorbs your mind while reading it. It has interesting situations in every page, and keeps you interested all the time. I love this book and I suggest it to everyone, i am sure it will be a very good experience for everyone. "
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    #4Notes From Underground

    Notes From Underground
    In Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky tells the story of an unnamed narrator who retreated underground, fully isolating himself from society. It exhibits Dostoyevsky's thoughts on society and the human condition.

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    Arthur Morgan
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "Fragmented story of a man's mental illness and self torture. He wants things he never can allow to happen, sabotages all his possibilities and makes far flung attempts to justify it as possibly being a better way to live. I'm not sure I'd want to read it but some might. Seems rather nightmarish."
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    #5The Crying of Lot 49

    The Crying of Lot 49

    The Crying of Lot 49 is a postmodern literature novel written by Thomas Pynchon which was originally published in 1965. This novel is about a woman named Oedipa Maas and the unveiling of truths between two mail distribution companies.


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    Kyle Barrett
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Thomas Pynchon's short novel is a modern classic, and for good reason. It's structured like a detective novel and dense with historical references, conspiracy theories, and poetic prose. I've not only read this book three times; I've taught it to others. "
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    #6Invisible Cities

    Invisible Cities
    Invisible Cities is a classic fantasy fiction novel written by Italo Calvino. This magical realism Italian literature book is first published in 1972.

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    Leonardo Flores
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I was looking for a gift for my brother, and this caught my eye. My brother hates poetry and Italians, and I, I regard my brother much the same. I purchased this for him, and expect to enjoy the reaction when I give it to him."
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    #7The Body Artist

    The Body Artist

    The Body Artist is a novel by Don DeLillo. Published by Scribner on  February 5, 2002, The Body Artist tell the story of performance artist Lauren Hartke after the suicide of her husband Rey Robles.


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    Evelyn Collins
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Once again, there is no shortage of contenders when looking for a novel geared towards adults. This solutions seems to lean towards a personal preference rather than mass appeal. I would give this book a try. "
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    Frankenstein is a science fiction book written by Mary Shelley which centers on scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque and cognizant being through a scientific experiment. 


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    Billy Lane
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a 100-page well-written horror fiction book. Highly recommend."
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    #9We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    We Have Always Lived in the Castle
    We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a chilling novel about a hideous (and possibly murderous) family living in the depths of a creepy estate. A struggle arises when a family member visited their humble abode.

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    Arjun Yadav
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "This is very strange book but you cant put it down. The characters are all strange it a dark creepy book that will make you think long after you read it. If you are into dark strange mysteries then this might just be for you. Just remember it might keep up at night it did me!"
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    #10The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics)

    The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics)
    The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics) is a book written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics) was published by Signet.

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    Christopher Owens
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "My wife was looking for a good book to read while on vacation. She is really into short novels, especially those written for adults. She was recently recommended the book "The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics)" by one of her coworkers. She decided to give it a try and was pleasantly pleased. The book by Arthur Conan Doyle is a chilling tale that features the famous Sherlock Holmes . My wife truly enjoyed the story and had trouble putting the book down."
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    #11Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men
    Of Mice and Men is a book by John Steinbeck that follows the story of George, small but smart, and Lennie, big and strong but mentally challenged, as they set off in a journey to look for a livelihood during the Great Depression.

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    Gregory Graham
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I have always loved to read fiction but I often don’t have enough time to read long novels. So, I decided to read short novels for adults. The best book I have read so far is Of Mice and Men which is short but has a great story set during the Great Depression. "
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    #12Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.


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    Rakesh Gavde
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "Fahrenheit 451 is the best short novels for adults. The story is so entertaining. It never has a dull moment. You could read this all day because it's really hard to put down."
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    #13The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 


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    Angela Gomez
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "The Great Gatsby is a classic novel that should be read by all adults. Even if you don't like to read that much The Great Gatsby is a short novel and time will fly by as you read it. There's a reason it's on most book lists and school reading lists! It's classic Americana. "
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    #14The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea tells the story of an old Cuban fisherman named Santiago and his supreme ordeal with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. It was the last major work of fiction to be produced by Hemingway. 


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    Nathan Sanchez
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "I think most young people will struggle to understand and connect with the dominant themes Hemingway explores in The Old Man and the Sea. Most will struggle to finish what seems to young readers to be a very boring tale of a single fishing trip."
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    #15The End of the Tether

    The End of the Tether

    The End of the Tether is a book by Joseph Conrad that tells the story of an old man's rite of passage. He elaborates how the life of man will end and how his sea of stories will be forgotten. 


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    Karen Dean
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "There is nothing in the description of this book that makes me want to read it. I have a hard time feeling convinced that The End of the Tether falls under the category "best short novel for adults". In reading the short description above as well as the description in the "view solution" site, I am left feeling discouraged and dismayed."
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    #16Evening Class

    Evening Class

    Evening Class by Maeve Binchy is a novel published in 1996. This book tells the story of a group of people from all walks of life taking an Italian evening class at Mountainview School.


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    Keith Garza
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "I just re-read "Evening Class" by Maeve Binchy for the 2nd time and I'm still impressed with it to this day. The characters are vivid and the story keeps you hooked until the end. Every character seems realistic and their intentions are believable. It isn't the longest book but it'll definitely keep you entertained throughout. If I had a single nitpick with it I would say that it ends somewhat abruptly and unpredictably. However, some adults may actually enjoy the ending as it comes unexpected."
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    #17The Story Of A Panic

    The Story Of A Panic

    The Story Of A Panic is a short story for young adults written by famous 20th-century author E.M. Forster. It was first released among other stories in 1947. It was released with The Other Side of the Hedge and The Machine Stops.


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    Lu Gong
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Good choice for young adults"
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    #18Within the Tides

    Within the Tides

    Within the Tides is a book by Joseph Conrad. It is a compilation of short psychological thrillers and dramatic romance that enable the readers to read different stories in one book. 


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    Craig Jackson
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Psychology is the essence of human life and nervous system, so to understand it is a very essential thing during lifetim. This book for example is a real manual."
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    #19Round Ireland with a Fridge

    Round Ireland with a Fridge

    Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks is a comedic and travel literature novel originally published in 1998. This book tells the story of Hawks attempt to win a bet of hitchhiking around Ireland with a fridge.


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    Patrick Cox
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I've never hitchhiked witha fridge but I do have one in my kitchen. I think it would be really hard to move it around a whole country and I don't know who let the author put their fridge in a car, I wouln't."
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    #20Tara Road

    Tara Road

    Tara Road is a novel by Maeve Binchy originally published in 1998. In 1999, it was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection. This book explores the idea of "What if" and the wonders of escaping to a new place to lead a new life.


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    Patrick Morales
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "This book kinda inspired me to think about moving and starting over. Very good, very interesting. "
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    #21Padmarajan (Malayalam Edition)

    Padmarajan (Malayalam Edition)

    Padmarajan is a book by Padmarajan that tells the story of a father. His struggles, his love for his daughter and the other things that bother him. 


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    Dorothy Clark
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "This is a short, easy to read novel. If you like books about relationships, family struggles, and the love that families have for each other, this is a good one. It has good insight into why people do what they do. "
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    #22Letters from Yellowstone

    Letters from Yellowstone

    Letters from Yellowstone is a young adult novel written by Diane Smith about a female botanist who had to fake his gender to join a field study in Yellowstone National Park. It became a Readers' Choice book for Penguin.


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    Janet Carlson
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "This novel is fantastic, i have had a very qualitative time reading it during my vacations, i can say that the moral of the story is valuable for humanity. "
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    Nightjohn is a book written by Gary Paulsen that tells the story of a female slave named Sarny. She saw Nightjohn when it was tortured. He will escape but will come back to teach lessons. 


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    Peter Zhang
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Nightjohn is a great book and a good read for adults. It can tug on the heart strings but is also really well written and it is a great book overall. I like the story and I also like the lessons it shows and teaches. "
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    Chance is a book Joseph Conrad that tackled different social issues using his heroine protagonist. In this book, he mentioned and elaborated issues like feminism and financial status between man and woman. 


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    Leonardo Andrade
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I don't have enough time to sit down and read and I like to read short stories. I came across the book Chance and it's really good. It talks about a lot of issues which are really important. Best of all, it's quick!"
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    #25The Obelisk

    The Obelisk

    The Obelisk is a book containing short stories written by renowned Victorian author E.M. Forster. It was released posthumously. It contains eight stories with strong homosexual content that were initially rebuked upon publishing.


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    Caroline Lin
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Obelisk is the best short novel geared towards adults that you can read. It is authored by E.M. Forster. This book is unique in that it was released after the author died. There are strong homosexual undertones and it was a challenge to get this novel published."
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    #26Dari Datuk ke Sakura Emas (Indonesian Edition)

    Dari Datuk ke Sakura Emas (Indonesian Edition)

    Dari Datuk ke Sakura Emas is a book by Clara Ng that tells the story of a Datu who only wants to dedicate his self to his tribe. But as he is about to lead a customary ceremony, he will end up on a mission that will risk his position. 


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    Danielle Reyes
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I like the fact that the short stories are all written by different authors and the proceeds for the book are to help out literacy documentation. I did, however, feel like the book was a bit disjointed. This book is definitely a good read for adults."
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    #27Love's Autograph

    Love's Autograph

    Love's Autograph is a lesbian romance book by Michelle Reynolds that tells the story of a lesbian rock star. She is trying to find love and she may find one in an unexpected way. 


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    Cindy Yan
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Love's Autograph is a stunning romantic novel about Michelle Reynolds. She is lesbian rock star. It was hard putting this book down. "


Best What are the best short novels for adults
1Animal FarmBooks 26 Paid
2The Buddha in the AtticBooks 24 Paid
3Pnin Books 22 Paid
4Notes From UndergroundBooks 19 Paid
5The Crying of Lot 49Books 17 Paid
6Invisible CitiesBooks 16 Paid
7The Body ArtistBooks 14 Paid
8FrankensteinBooks 10 Paid
9We Have Always Lived in the CastleBooks 8 Paid
10The Hound of the Baskervilles: 150th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics)Books 7 Paid

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