Women's Fiction

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The Strawberry Hearts Diner

As we head into the heart of summer, Carolyn Brown gives us a good reason to stretch out under a shady tree and take in an incredibly beautiful story of a sleepy southern town, the citizens who live there and the lives they live in the gorgeous novel The Strawberry Hearts Diner. Jancy Wilson is l ...

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The Horse Dancer

It was just her and her horse, unobserved, free; she felt this freedom like any other horse-borne traveler over thousands years, back to Xenophon and the age of the Greeks. Sarah Lachapelle has an all-consuming, perfectionist connection with her horse. Boo. When one trains with a Selle Français ho ...

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Secrets of the Tulip Sisters

Susan Mallery starts the summer off with a flawed and yet funny beach read, Secrets of the Tulip Sisters. The story of two sisters and a best friend muddling their way through small town life, it boasts a lot of Mallery’s favorite storytelling tropes but is ultimately a little short on real romanc ...

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Gather the Daughters

Dystopian novels are a dime a dozen these days, but Jennie Melamed’s début novel, Gather the Daughters, is anything but typical. Centering around a cult with some fascinating, if problematic, views about women and the societal roles they should occupy, it’s a powerful story of courage, filled w ...

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Under a Sardinian Sky

Under a Sardinian Sky offers the reader a complete immersion into the Sardinia of the 1950s. Every page makes you feel as if you’re right there experiencing everything, as there is no detail deemed too big or too small to reveal the subtlest nuances of the setting. Joy of family and familial love ...

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Gather the Daughters

What if The Handmaid’s Tale took place in a separatist cult, ensconced on an island? That’s exactly what I think went through Ms. Melamed’s head while coming up with this novel. Gather the Daughters is a haunting tale of a society where women are controlled but children are free, and a young w ...

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The Almost Sisters

I can't think of a Joshilyn Jackson novel I haven't loved. There's something so very special about the way she constructs her stories set in the American South. Her love for the region comes through so clearly in her stories of independent women struggling to understand and appreciate their place in ...

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The Café by the Sea : A Novel

The first chapter of Jenny Colgan’s The Café By the Sea had me squirming in anticipation. Written in a sort of first-person, all-knowing viewpoint, I loved the unique style of storytelling that felt like having my best, snarkiest friend narrate a movie that I was watching. However, this style qui ...

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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Picture this: a group of older women, likely in their seventies and eighties, sitting around chatting. Could be the bus or train, the park, that one corner or the community center. What do you think they are talking about? I would have thought aches and pains, or their kids or grandkids. Maybe the w ...

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The Swallow's Nest

The Swallow’s Nest is such a classic example of women’s fiction that, were you to look the genre up in a dictionary, you might see a picture of this book’s cover as the definition.  It’s got unexpected motherhood, marital infidelity, a custody battle, cancer, evil mother figures, and prose ...