Fiction & Poetry

This section is a little tricky, because any book can be viewed through a feminist lens. The books listed here are either books generally acknowledged to be part of the “feminist canon,” or books that I feel are particularly ripe for feminist discussion.

Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington

Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Bride Stripped Bare by Nikki Gemmell

The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

Chocolates for Breakfast by Pamela Moore

Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair

Divergent by Veronica Roth

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange

God Dies by the Nile by Nawal El Saadawi

Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Honor by Elif Shafak

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Rant. Chant. Chisme. by Amalia Ortiz

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Some Sing, Some Cry by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza

The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

That Other Me by Maha Gargash

What Every Girl Should Know by J. Albert Mann

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

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