Women's fiction fans - we may be few but we're certainly proud! Sometimes it feels as if we are in a reading rut - waiting for our favorite women's fiction authors to come out with their next release. Believe me, I scour the web and have carefully organized lists of titles and authors and even upcoming release dates for my favorite authors' newest books. It's inevitable that there will be gaps, where I have caught up on all my favorite authors and I am awaiting the next big release. When those gaps come along, or if you are eager to venture outside your women's fiction comfort zones, I encourage you to give some of these a try:
Gods in Alabama: A wonderful debut novel about a young woman in the South whose past crime threatens her future. If you want to follow it up with a chaser, try Backseat Saints, which stars a minor character from Gods in Alabama. Both are gripping novels that explore the struggles a young woman faces.
If you are in the mood for the lighter side of women's fiction, check out The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger. Another debut novel, this romp takes you through the high-profile divorce case of a descendant of the Mayflower. The story, told through correspondences, office memos, emails and legal papers, expertly blends humor with heartache.
Ever-popular Liane Moriarty's latest book Big Little Lies just came out last month. It is a page-turning novel that follows three mothers and delves deep into ex-husbands, second wives, schoolyard scandals and little lies. While you might have your name on the waiting list for Moriarty's latest book, pick up her 2011 release, What Alice Forgot. A clunk on the head leaves Alice forgetting the last 10 years of her life. This novel will leave you asking yourself what would you do if you suddenly lost 10 years of your life and all the wonderful moments you'd been looking forward to?
Lastly, it would be a disservice to not share this juicy secret: Ever-popular Sophie Kinsella's latest Shopaholic novel will be released in about two months. Let the countdown begin!