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Best Women's Fiction Books

Valerie
The list author says: "These are some women's fiction novels that I have enjoyed reading over the past few years."
Suspicious River
Suspicious River
"This book centers around a woman with such low self esteem and a difficult past that she lets men completely take advantage of her."
Still Missing
Still Missing
"This suspenseful novel is about a realtor who is abducted by a lunatic and forced to live with him in an isolated mountain cabin while her family and friends search for her."
Sharp Objects
Sharp Objects
"This dark thriller follows a reporter covering the gruesome killings of young girls in her hometown as she reflects on her disturbing childhood and discovers clues about the murders."
Summer Sisters: A Novel
Summer Sisters: A Novel
"This book follows the close friendship between two girls from grade school into adulthood as they encounter various relationships and betrayals."
Lost
Lost
"Heartwrenching novel about an impoverished 16-year-old factory worker who cannot cope with the tragic death of her six-year-old sister and convinces herself that she is still alive, while pushing away her family and friends."
The Center of Everything
The Center of Everything
"This novel is told from the young female narrator's perspective as she handles growing up in a poor family with a single mother, being bullied in school, first crushes, and a best friend who all the boys are drawn to."
The Kindness of Strangers
The Kindness of Strangers
"This dark novel follows a young boy as the disturbing abuse he has endured from his family is brought to light."
Room: A Novel
Room: A Novel
"This book is told from the point of view of a five-year-old boy whose mother was abducted seven years earlier by a sexual predator and forced to live in a small single-room shed. The room has been all the boy has ever known, and he has no knowledge of the outside world."
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic
"This chilling tale is about four children locked away in a small room and attic in their fanatically religious grandparents' mansion. Their widowed mother tries to gain the wealthy grandparents' forgiveness for marrying a blood relative and grows neglectful of the children."
This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel
This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel
"A middle-aged man mourns the passing of his father alongside his dysfunctional family, while also dealing with his crumbling marriage after catching his wife in bed with his boss."
The Blessings of the Animals: A Novel
The Blessings of the Animals: A Novel
"This book centering on marriage follows a veterinarian whose husband divorces her for a young co-worker as she re-enters the dating world."
Gone Girl
Gone Girl
"A man's wife goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary and he is the prime suspect. While a search for the wife begins, the reader is given insight into the ups and downs of their marriage through the husband's recollection and the wife's diary entries."
Babyville: A Novel
Babyville: A Novel
"This book is told from the perspective of 3 women: 1 career woman who got pregnant from a one night stand, 1 woman desperately trying to have a baby to save her troubled relationship, and 1 house wife who loses interest in her husband after giving birth and struggles to lose her baby weight."
Girls in Trouble: A Novel
Girls in Trouble: A Novel
"This novel follows a pregnant high school girl who decides to put her baby up for an open adoption and then struggles with letting her go."
While I'm Falling
While I'm Falling
"This book follows a college student as she handles emotional and financial difficulties following the divorce of her parents."
Lost in the Forest: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Lost in the Forest: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
"This coming of age story centers around a teenage girl who is drawn into the arms of a much older man after the tragic death of her beloved stepfather leaves her family emotionally torn apart."
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
"This fascinating story is told from the perspective of an autistic boy who wants to help his neighbor discover who murdered her dog, while also dealing with family problems of his own."
The Life Before Her Eyes
The Life Before Her Eyes
"This eerie tale follows a high school girl who is cornered at gun point along with her best friend when a fellow student opens fire on their classmates and tells the girls that he will only allow one of them to live."
Nineteen Minutes
Nineteen Minutes
"This book details the life of a bullied highschooler who opens fire on his classmates, killing and injuring many, while shedding light on his troubled childhood and following his subsequent arrest and trial."
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
"This is a gripping true story about the struggles a girl encounters as her poor, unconventional family moves around the country."
Little Children: A Novel
Little Children: A Novel
"This book is about a middle-aged feminist, unhappy with her life as a housewife and mother, who begins an affair with a stay at home father she meets at a park, who is struggling to pass the BAR exam while his wife works."
Asylum
Asylum
"This eerie book follows the wife of the new headmaster of a mental institution as she begins to fall in love with a mental patient who murdered his wife."
Smart Women
Smart Women
"Intelligent, divorced middle-aged women handle issues with dating and with their daughters."
The Circle
The Circle
"A very Orwell-esque cautionary tale of a society in which a large social media company begins to monopolize all business and communication shifting toward totalitarianism, while privacy and physical social interaction greatly diminish."
Gossip of the Starlings
Gossip of the Starlings
"This captivating book follows an upper-class girl in her final year at prep school as she encounters drug use, love, friendship and betrayal."
We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel
We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel
"A middle-aged mother writes letters to her estranged husband to discuss their 15-year-old son who had gone on a killing spree at his school and reflecting on her challenges with motherhood."
White Oleander (Oprah's Book Club)
White Oleander (Oprah's Book Club)
"A teenage girl endures various struggles as she is moved from foster home to foster home after her mother commits murder."
Wifey
Wifey
"This book follows a bored housewife who seeks excitement by having an affair."
Where the Heart Is (Oprah's Book Club)
Where the Heart Is (Oprah's Book Club)
"A pregnant teenage girl abandoned by her boyfriend gives birth in a Walmart and is taken in by friendly people she meets in the small town."
In Her Shoes: A Novel
In Her Shoes: A Novel
"A responsible female lawyer struggles with her relationship with her sexy free-spirited younger sister after she takes advantage of and betrays her."