After finding a link in another post describing the difference between literary, commercial and upmarket fiction I feel my novel falls into upmarket, but would like other opinions.
This is long but so is my book; 1161 pages.
The book I have written is not a faith based book, but it does deal with people of faith, and those that are lacking in such or deny as such. It parallels our world such as it is right now and many of the troubling elements plaguing us.
It follows Kelly; an impoverished, embattled eighteen year old girl from Brooklyn who is fleeing from her past and in the hopes of a brighter tomorrow.
Her hopes all ride on the money she has scraped together and plied towards a year’s tuition at a university in Louisville Kentucky. But in her haste to leave the hell she has endured, she comes to Kentucky long before classes start with nowhere to stay.
She meets Tracy, the daughter of a wealthy philanthropist in an odd chance encounter and discovers she is a seasoned student at the same university.
Tracy and her parents take pity on Kelly and offer to give her shelter.
They discover quickly that Kelly has been sorely abused by her father and carries the scars of that abuse; both physical and emotional. They also discover she is a talented artist with an exceptional gift.
A friendship quickly develops between Kelly and Tracy and they discover they each possess something the other sorely needs.
The Higgins’s have the wherewithal to relieve Kelly’s financial distress; Tracy, an effervescent and markedly affectionate person pours out her affections in an attempt to heal Kelly’s deep wounds.
Kelly for her part has a deep faith; polar opposite of Tracy.
Tracy harbors bitter resentment towards God following a past tragedy. It is Kelly’s unwavering belief in God that slowly begins to turn Tracy’s heart around.
The girl’s friendship and circumstances seem like a Godsend to each other.
Everyone but Tracy believes that their chance encounter was not chance at all but the product of divine intervention. This belief becomes more entrenched when Kelly is diagnosed with a terminal illness.
During the last months of Kelly’s life, Tracy and Kelly’s friendship evolves and at times tested. In a series of amazing happenings involving Kelly and her fraternity brethren, it becomes more and more believed that Kelly’s encounter with Tracy was divinely wrought. As Tracy begins to rekindle her belief in God, she also comes to believe God is using Kelly to influence others who may have turned their backs on God as well as those who may have faith, but are afraid to express it due to ridicule and persecution.
Tracy’s regained belief is then tested when she is faced with Kelly’s moments of doubt.
It becomes obvious that Kelly is not going to survive her ordeal and her belief in the almighty is shaken and the hopes of a miracle they harbor seem unlikely to come to fruition.
So what do you think? Literary? Upmarket? Something else?
Also; do you think that synopsis is to wordy to use in a query letter?
This is my first attempt at getting something published so I am a genuine neophyte.