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March 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Women's Fiction
The top 10 women’s fiction from the last 12 months (reviewed in Booklist between March 1, 2015, and February 15, 2016) cover the spectrum, from romantic chick lit to more than one literary title. These novels deliver something for just about every women’s-fiction fan.
The Best of Enemies. By Jen Lancaster. 2015. NAL, $25.95 (9780451471093).
In this madcap comedy, frenemies Kitty and Jack drop everything to come to the aid of their mutual best friend, whose wealthy husband has disappeared. Kitty and Jack suspect foul play and are forced to work together to get to the bottom of things.
The Brontë Plot. By Katherine Reay. 2015. Thomas Nelson, $15.99 (9781401689759).
In this faith-driven novel, rare-book-dealer Lucy teams up with her ex’s grandmother Helen on a book-buying expedition. Book lovers will savor the literary references as well as the story’s lessons on choices, friendship, and redemption.
How to Start a Fire. By Lisa Lutz. 2015. Houghton, $25 (9780544411630).
Telling the story of three women and their two-decade friendship, Lutz ventures away from her madcap mystery series and ends up firmly in women’s-fiction territory. The characters are marvelous, and Lutz’s offbeat wit remains in form.
I Take You. By Eliza Kennedy. 2015. Crown, $24 (9780553417821).
Attorney Lily can’t manage to stay faithful to her fiancé. Standard chick-lit fare, right? Yet Kennedy turns the story into a smart and challenging examination of gender politics and the meaning of marriage in the twenty-first century.
The Marriage Pact. By M. J. Pullen. 2015. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne, $24.99 (9781250070937).
In this charming cross between romance and chick lit, Marci is unhappy with the fact that, with her thirtieth birthday approaching, she is single, living in a studio apartment, and working a temp job. When her married lover dumps her, she heads home to Atlanta to lick her wounds with old pals.
My Name Is Lucy Barton. By Elizabeth Strout. 2016. Random, $26 (9781400067695).
Within the confines of a hospital room, Lucy and her mother seek to repair the wounds of the past. Strout relays with great tenderness and sadness the way family relationships can both make and break us.
The Story of the Lost Child. By Elena Ferrante. Tr. by Ann Goldstein. 2015. Europa, $18 (9781609452865).
The fourth and final volume of Ferrante’s Neapolitan series finds Elena pursuing love and her writing career with passionate fury in the late 1970s. She moves into her best friend Lila’s building, and the two begin a period of calm stability, uncommon in their decades-long friendship.
Walking on Trampolines. By Frances Whiting. 2015. Gallery, $16 (9781476780016).
Lulu and Annabelle were inseparable teenage friends until first love drove them apart. Years later, Lulu decides to bury the hatchet at Annabelle’s wedding, but the drama of the past rears up once again—this time with even worse consequences.
Who Do You Love. By Jennifer Weiner. 2015. Atria, $27 (9781451617818).
Rachel and Andy meet when they are children and reconnect as teenagers, falling into a pattern of finding and losing one another again as adults. Weiner’s latest is pure romance and utterly heart tugging, showcasing her ability to write characters that readers will instantly connect with, flaws and all.
A Window Opens. By Elisabeth Egan. 2015. Simon & Schuster, $26 (9781501105432).
Alice returns to the workforce full-time and finds herself navigating the intersection of domestic and career life. Her struggles are relatable and heart rending in this insider’s view of the publishing industry.
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