Whether you’re looking for somewhat more literary book club fiction, or just a rip-roaring fun and light read, there are some great works of women’s fiction for your enjoyment this winter.
Hannah Pittard is following up her lauded debut The Fates Will Find Their Way with Reunion (Grand Central Publishing), the story of a woman who feels she has failed at everything in her life and must reunite with her siblings after their father’s suicide.
Many readers love stories about small towns, and there are two fascinating examples of the subgenre already on the shelves this fall.Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick (William Morrow Paperbacks) combines small town charm with a spot of magic and a bit of a witch hunt. Although the main characters of Sparrow Sisters start their story in their small town, Melissa DeCarlo’s The Art of Crash Landing (Harper Paperbacks) follows a character who moves to her mother’s hometown to try to discover where their lives went wrong.
Ever since The Kite Runner, readers everywhere have tried to learn more about other cultures by reading stories set in different countries, by authors who know those places intimately. This fall we’re looking forward to The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa (Bloomsbury) and Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) about a Palestinian family in a Gaza refugee camp and two displaced girls who fall in love in the midst of the Nigerian Civil War, respectively. Both authors have close family ties with the and personal experiences with the events about which they write.