I have no idea what genre my book would fit into. I was looking through the writers market at all the listings for agencies, and none of them say they are looking for "general fiction" (what I had always been told my book was before), it's always very specific genres. Modern/Contemporary, Romance, etc. I don't get it! What makes something modern or contemporary? What makes something "Womens lit" ? ? ? My book is about a person trying to find himself. He goes to live in a hippy sort of commune with a group of other people. The story is told in modern voice/slang and has profanity and adult themes, as well as romance but is not one of those erotica or "genre romance" novels by any means. I don't get what to classify it as. My mom says it's modern contemporary because it's set in modern times, but I don't think she knows what she is talking about lol. The story has elements of everything, spirituality, travel, romance, experimentation with drugs, sex, grief and loss, coming of age/finding the self, letting go, etc. Is there a classification for this sort of book?