Women’s fiction features female protagonists who confront both ordinary and extraordinary (but always realistic) issues that matter.
Ali, Monica     
Brick lane : a novel
Carrying into her adult years a sense of fatalism instilled during her hardscrabble birth, Nazneen finds herself married off to a man twice her age and moved to London, where she wonders if she has a say in her own destiny.

Andrews, Mary Kay     
Ladies' night
Cut off from her palatial home and checking account after an act of post-divorce rage forces her to move in with her widowed mother and attend court-mandated group therapy, rising media star Grace Stanton bonds with three fellow patients who she helps plot respective pursuits of justice and closure.

Berg, Elizabeth     
The dream lover : a novel
George Sand was a 19th century French novelist known not only for her novels but even more for her scandalous behavior." The Dream Lover gives "insight into the heart and mind of a woman who was considered the most passionate and gifted genius of her time.

Close, Jennifer     
Girls in white dresses [sound recording]
Wry, hilarious, and utterly recognizable, "Girls in white dresses" tells the story of three young women grappling with heartbreak and career change, family pressure and new love, all while suffering through an endless round of weddings and bridal showers.

De los Santos, Marisa     
Falling together
Pen Calloway, estranged from her college friends Cat and Will for six years, has missed them through the birth of her daughter, the death of her father, and the struggles of single motherhood, and must decide how far she will go to get her friends back in her life after Cat ends the silence between them with an urgent summons to a college reunion.

Genova, Lisa     
Love Anthony [large print]
When her son, Anthony, who was diagnosed with autism at age three, dies, Olivia Donatelli, desperate to understand the meaning of her son's short life, has a chance encounter with another woman facing her own loss, and the two women find solace in each other's friendship.

Giffin, Emily     
Where we belong : a novel
Her carefully constructed life thrown into turmoil by the appearance of an eighteen-year-old girl with ties to her past, New York television producer Marian Caldwell is swept up in a maelstrom of personal discovery that changes both of their perceptions about family.

Grazer, Gigi Levangie     
The after wife : a novel
As she pours out her grief and questions to a tree in her backyard after her husband's death, reality show producer Hannah is astonished when the tree appears to respond, prompting Hannah's discovery that she can communicate with the dead.

Green, Jane     
Tempting fate
"Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters; they have built a life together. So why does forty-three-year-old Gabby feel like she has only three more minutes left of youth? Why do her friends so desperately try to hang on to their attractiveness? And why does she ever even look at the handsome guy--ten years younger--at the other end of the bar one night? Gabby is the last person to have an affair--a physical one, at least. But Matt makes he

Hannah, Kristin     
Fly away
A follow-up to Firefly Lane returns readers to the world of Tully, Kate, and Tully's mother, who explore their understandings about love, family, loss, and redemption while turning to each other in the hopes of salvaging their lives.

Hilderbrand, Elin     
Silver girl : a novel
Facing homelessness and a loss of social standing after her husband cheats rich investors out of billions of dollars, Meredith and her best friend, Connie, who has troubles of her own, escape to Nantucket to heal.

Jackson, Naomi     
The star side of Bird Hill
Suddenly sent from their home in Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them, sisters Phaedra and Dionne spend the summer of 1989 living with their grandmother Hyacinth, a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah.

Keyes, Marian     
The mystery of Mercy Close : a Walsh sister novel
As the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world; at thirty-three, she has her job as a private investigator that has proven less than fruitful and after losing her flat, she has moved back in with Mammy Walsh. Her hunky new boyfriend, Artie, and his three adorable children are a great distraction, but his beautiful ex-wife lives a little too close for comfort. Meanwhile, Helen runs into her ex-boyfriend Jay Parker and reluctantly signs on to help

Kinsella, Sophie     
Wedding night : a novel
When her old boyfriend Ben reappears and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, Lottie jumps at the chance. But not everyone is thrilled with Lottie and Ben's rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember ... or one to forget?

Lancaster, Jen     
If you were here
Describes the humorous struggles of an author of Amish-zombie-teen romance novels and her husband as they navigate the process of buying their first home in the Chicago suburbs.

Mallery, Susan     
Barefoot season [large print]
A young army vet returns to a quaint inn to claim her inheritance and finds the last person she wants to see in the owner's suite.

McMillan, Terry     
Who asked you?
Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams-all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing

Moore, Edward Kelsey     
The Supremes at Earl's all-you-can-eat [large print]
Forging a friendship at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean meet regularly at the first diner owned by black proprietors in their Indiana city and are watched throughout the years by a big-hearted man who observes their struggles with school, marriage, parenthood and beyond.

Netzer, Lydia     
Shine shine shine : a novel
When fabricated aspects of their picture-perfect world are embarrassingly exposed by a car accident, Sunny Mann, a woman longing for an ideal life, and Maxon, her savant astronaut husband, struggle through blame and fear before confronting realities about their deep bond.

Park, Patricia     
Re Jane
Jane Re--a half-Korean, half-American orphan--takes a position as an au pair for two Brooklyn academics and their daughter, but a brief sojourn in Seoul, where she reconnects with family, causes her to wonder if the man she loves is really the man for her as she tries to find balance between two cultures.

Picoult, Jodi     
Leaving time : a novel
"Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife, and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it's been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life. All signs point to abandonment . . . or worse. Still Jenna--now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief--steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother's desertion. So she decides to approach th

Ray, Jeanne     
Calling invisible women : a novel [sound recording]
A mom in her early fifties, Clover knows she no longer turns heads the way she used to, and she's only really missed when dinner isn't on the table on time. Then Clover wakes up one morning to discover she's invisible ... truly invisible. She panics, but when her husband and son sit down to dinner, nothing is amiss. Even though she's been with her husband, Arthur, since college, her condition goes unnoticed. Her friend Gilda immediately observes that Clover is invisible, which relieves Clover im

Schappell, Elissa     
Blueprints for building better girls : fiction
From the acclaimed author of Use Me, eight provocative and darkly funny linked stories that explore the commonly shared, but rarely spoken of experiences that build girls into women and women into wives and mothers, mapping America's shifting cultural landscape from the late 1970s to the present day

Soffer, Jessica     
Tomorrow there will be apricots : a novel
Lorca spends her life poring over cookbooks, making croissants and chocolat chaud, seeking out rare ingredients, all to earn the love of her distracted chef of a mother, who is now packing her off to boarding school. In one last effort to prove herself indispensable, Lorca resolves to track down the recipe for her mother's ideal meal, an obscure Middle Eastern dish called masgouf. Victoria, grappling with her husband's death, has been dreaming of the daughter they gave up forty years ago. An Ira

Sullivan, J Courtney     
Maine : a novel
Three generations of women converge on the family beach house in this wickedly funny, emotionally resonant story of love and dysfunction.

Tan, Amy     
The Joy Luck Club [sound recording]
Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who is telling the story. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. Nearly forty years later, one of the members has died, and her daughter has come to ta

Umrigar, Thrity N     
The world we found
Follows four friends who met as university students in Bombay in the late 1970s as they struggle to reconnect and reunite at the deathbed of one of their group.

Weiner, Jennifer     
The next best thing : a novel
Believing she is realizing her dreams when her sitcom is bought, television writer Ruth Saunders finds her happiness threatened by demanding actors and executives as well as an unrequited crush on her boss and her septuagenarian grandmother's upcoming wedding.

  Lacey Library Staff - June 2016