Women's Fiction

C
Bebe's By Golly Wow

Bebe's by Golly Wow is the very hip, very now, very with-it tale of an African American woman's search for love. If you can get past the relentless, sometimes overpowering slang and the alternating points of view in which the tale is told, there is a pleasant story to be read. In this ...

C-
Magic Spells

I have recently read two books featuring characters who are obsessive and carry guilt about something that happened to someone else in their lives. One of these books told the story better than the other. This is not that one. Jane Gregory was to have married Ned Payton seven years ago. The nigh ...

C-
After You

After You is an odd book based on an odd premise with odd characters. If you are looking for something very original, this one might do the trick, but other than originality, there's not as much to it as one might hope. A few "deep thoughts" and an original premise do not a total reading experience ...

B-
River of Summer

River of Summer is an excellent first novel which combines outstanding writing with a deeply emotional plot. This book, however, is not for the easily depressed. If the tortured hero and heroine is not your cup of tea, you may not enjoy this one to the fullest. Zoe Harper has been dumped by her ...

A
One Hundred and One Ways

Mako Yoshikawa's debut novel is exquisite. Here is a tale of a modern, young Japanese-American woman's search for truth, presented as a tapestry interwoven with luminous threads of emotion, sensuality, and human connections in a world in which joy seldom comes without its measure of pain. This is no ...

C+
The Book Club

As a member of a book club, I couldn't help but be intrigued by a book actually called The Book Club. Mary Alice Monroe lists her own book club in the acknowledgments, and notes that the characters are nothing like the people in her book club. The characters are also nothing like the people in my bo ...

B-
Sis Boom Bah

If you're hungry for a light, funny read with likable characters, a smidgen of romance, and a dash of mystery and adventure, Sis Boom Bah is a tasty morsel, but at $24.00, it's kind of an expensive little treat. This is the story of the Peltz sisters - never married Deborah and thrice-divorced ...

C+
Lost in Translation

Ah literary fiction! Quality books in beautiful covers! The blurb on the back of Lost in Translation makes it sound like a romance novel, but the stunning art work and handsome binding let you know it is something better. Right? This is a book you can be proud to read on the subway or keep on your c ...

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The Saving Graces

Grieve with me. Patricia Gaffney is going mainstream. Make no mistake - The Saving Graces is emphatically not a romance. Don't let that stop you, though, because Gaffney's written a beautiful story of four women and the friendship that sustains them through trials, tears, and laughter. ...

B-
Shattered Silk

Shattered Silk tells the tale of a woman regaining her self esteem after a very bad marriage. There is also a little bit of mystery and a very tiny pinch of romance in the book. As a matter of fact, the romance is so subtle, if you blink while you are reading, you might miss it. I felt a little bit ...