Fictional books about characters who have a disability, particularly an intellectual disability, tend to be very moving and insightful. Characters who are misunderstood or who don’t easily blend into society, for whatever reason, have a history of being popular with readers. If the character is struggling with a disability, readers typically feel compassionate towards them and want to root for them as they watch he or she encounter and attempt to overcome one obstacle after another.
There have been many fictional stories that either centered on or prominently featured an intellectually challenged character. The following list is a sampling of some of the most touching and memorable novels that fit into this category. These reads can take many forms and span a number of genres, from romance, to family saga to crime. Some are literary classics while others are popular fiction. But each of them is absorbing and compelling in its own way.