One of my favorite forms of literary fiction is the novella. Starting at approximately 19,000 words (and running as long 40,000 words) it gives the literary fiction reader a little more meat than a short story but requires less commitment than a full blown novel.
Here are my suggestions for some summer reading classics. We tend to focus a lot on the writers of the 19th century. With this list I tried to include an assortment of novels from other centuries.