Happy International Women's Day: Fiction Round Up

Happy International Women's Day!

As part of the celebrations, I've done a quick round-up of some fiction books, featuring women and written by women, which I've recently read and enjoyed. Click on the titles to get my reviews. Which ones have you read, or would like to read?

Top row, L-R:
  • The House Girl by Tara Conklin - story of a house slave who is the real artist behind compelling slave portraits
  • Freud's Mistress by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman - who is she? A tragedy of loving a man like Freud, and of the tragedy of sisterhood
  • The Mirrored World by Debra Dean - a peek in the life of the revered St. Xenia of Russia
Middle row, L-R
  • This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakuwila - short stories of the "real" Hawaii, many of which highlight women and their relationships
  • Ru by Kim Thuy - stark vignettes and recollection of a Vietnamese immigrant
  • The Mapmaker's War by Ronlyn Domingue - an unusual fable of a woman mapmaker
Bottom row, L-R:
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - a promising 1950s young woman's journey from naive to jaded, from success to depression.
  • One Big Beautiful Thing by Marie Flanigan - a subtle feminist novel of love, art and self-discovery
  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi - a jarring novel that examines race, beauty and sexuality (unreviewed)


  1. I've read The Bell Jar - it was so melancholy but beautiful. I've been meaning to read The House Girl, but I hadn't heard of the others. Thanks for the post!

    - Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider Silk

    1. The Bell Jar was on my TBR for the longest time and I wondered why it took me so long to get to it. Thanks so much for commenting and I hope you pick up a book or two in this round-up. :)

  2. I've read 3 of these. The House Girl, The Mirrored World, and The Bell Jar. Interesting picks.

    1. I was surprised to see that majority of what I've read are by women authors. I must gravitate to them. The 3 you mention are all very different, different women, different circumstances.

  3. Those are some interesting picks. I haven't read any of them, so I am definitely bookmarking this post for when I want some literary women fiction.

  4. Thanks Nishita. I don't think would all fall in the genre of "women fiction" ... though I guess that term is pretty loose anyway. Happy reading!

  5. Great round up :) Gotta add some of these to my list. Hope you have a happy women's day weekend (cause we don't get just one day)

  6. The Bell Jar is one of my all time favorites. I'm also looking forward to Boy, Snow, Bird.

    Thanks for linking up with Spread the Love!


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