Dear Ms. Snark
Is there a fault line between "historical" and "contemporary" in describing a novel for a query?
Grandmother Snark wants you to know in no uncertain terms that if she was alive that year, it is NOT historical.
If I was alive that year, it is contemporary.
If Killer Yapp was alive, it's cutting edge modern and probably a text message.
Contemporary fiction is a sensibility rather than a spot on the timeline to my way of thinking. Jon Lethem writes contemporary fiction even if he sets it in 197o. Thomas Pynchon writes contemporary fiction even though Against the Day takes place at the turn of the previous century.
Don't get yourself wrapped up in terminology. Call it a novel. Tell me the year it takes place.