Women's Fiction

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The Lido

The copy on the back cover of Libby Page's The Lido describes it as "a tender, joyous debut” and I’ve thought a lot about whether I agree with those adjectives. I think tender fits - it’s quiet, and methodical - and perhaps the conclusion brings joy, but it’s a bit generous to call the whol ...

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The Summer Wives

I've been intrigued for years by things I've heard about Beatriz Williams' work, but it wasn't until I picked up her latest novel, The Summer Wives, that I realized what a master storyteller the author really is. Reading this book has been one of the high points of my summer, and I can't wait for ot ...

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Clock Dance

In Anne Tyler’s Clock Dance, readers follow Willa Drake from the ages of eleven to sixty-one and watch her make difficult decisions at every turn, choosing between broadening herself or shrinking herself to please others. As a child gamboling around the streets of 1950s Lark City, Pennsylvania, ...

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How to Keep a Secret

The recent trend of romance authors moving more towards general fiction that focuses on women has produced a variety of offerings. How to Keep A Secret joins many others in the middle: a fine story, but one that made me miss the author’s past works and mourn this shift away from romance. In thi ...

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The Secrets Between Us

Thrity Umrigar's The Secrets Between Us is one of those books I want to shout about from the rooftops. I want everyone to experience the depth and beauty of the author's writing, the power of which moved me to tears on several occasions. It's not a book that is designed to make readers happy, but th ...

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All We Ever Wanted

Emily Giffin’s latest novel, All We Ever Wanted, is a compulsively readable story that focuses on three people all faced with difficult, life-changing choices. Nina Browning is living the life she's always dreamed of. Her husband has recently made a small fortune in the tech industry, and they ...

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Breathless

In Breathless, their sequel to A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man, Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan present readers with this enjoyable story of an amnesiac courtesan who becomes a muse and a professor of sociology discovering a yen for adventure. Assistant Professor of Sociology Brenna A ...

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Between You and Me

Between You and Me is the latest novel from bestselling author Susan Wiggs. AAR Staffers Lisa Fernandes and Shannon Dyer read it, and are here to share their thoughts. Caleb Stoltz is of two worlds. Raised Amish, he chose to stay in the modern world and attend college after his rumspringa.  ...

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The Concubine's Child

I was drawn to The Concubine’s Child by the unique premise and even more unique location. Set primarily in 1930s Malaya (known today as Malaysia) it is the story of a group of women and how they handle the limited choices life gives them. Madame Chan is praying to – although it’s more like ...

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Dreams of Falling

Karen White’s complicated saga Dreams of Falling pulls apart the many-hived secrets of the Lanier/Darlington family. Artist Ivy Lanier, haunted by a tragic and complex past, sprints away from her broken heart by plunging herself into frantic activity after frantic activity and new thing after n ...