All Time Faves: Issue-Driven Women's Fiction

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Midwives Midwives
By Bohjalian, Chris
1998-11 - Vintage Books USA
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"Superbly crafted and astonishingly powerful. . . . It will thrill readers who cherish their worn copies of "To Kill A Mockingbird." --People
With a suspense, lyricism, and moral complexity that recall To Kill a Mockingbird and Presumed Innocent, this compulsively readable novel explores what happens when a woman who has devoted herself to ushering life into the world finds herself charged …More

Necessary Lies Necessary Lies
By Chamberlain, Diane
2013-09 - St. Martin's Press
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Bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town fifty years ago, and the darkest--and most hopeful--places in the human heart. …More

Family Tree Family Tree
By Delinsky, Barbara
2007-10 - Broadway Books
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For as long as she can remember, Dana Clarke has longed for the stability of home and family. Now she has married a man she adores, whose heritage can be traced back to the Mayflower, and she is about to give birth to their first child. But what should be the happiest day of her life becomes the day her world falls apart. Her daughter is born beautiful and healthy, and in addition, unmistakably

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Good to a Fault Good to a Fault
By Endicott, Marina
2011-03 - Harper Perennial
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A finalist for the 2008 Giller Prize, "Good to a Fault," Endicott's fiercely intelligent domestic drama, alternates between sweetness and dark humor, as it delves into questions of morality, class, and social responsibility. …More

White Oleander White Oleander
By Fitch, Janet
2000-05 - Back Bay Books
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A bestselling first novel about a young woman growing up the hard way, this is a powerful story of mothers and daughters, their ambiguous alliances, and the search for love and identity. When a woman murders a former lover and is imprisoned for life, her daughter must navigate a new reality--that of a series of foster homes, each its own universe, each with its own limits and dangers. "A …More

A Map of the World A Map of the World
By Hamilton, Jane
1999-12 - Anchor Books
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From the author of the widely acclaimed The Book of Ruth comes a harrowing, heartbreaking drama about a rural American family and a disastrous event that forever changes their lives.
The Goodwins, Howard, Alice, and their little girls, Emma and Claire, live on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Although suspiciously regarded by their neighbors as "that hippie couple" because of their well-educated, …More

The Things We Do for Love The Things We Do for Love
By Hannah, Kristin
2010-02 - Ballantine Books
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A "New York Times"-bestselling author returns with a poignant, evocative story that celebrates the magic of motherhood, the joys of coming home, and the price we so willingly pay for love. …More

The Girls The Girls
By Lansens, Lori
2007-04 - Back Bay Books
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In Lori Lansens' astonishing second novel, readers come to know and love two of the most remarkable characters in Canadian fiction. Rose and Ruby are twenty-nine-year-old conjoined twins. Born during a tornado to a shocked teenaged mother in the hospital at Leaford, Ontario, they are raised by the nurse who helped usher them into the world. Aunt Lovey and her husband, Uncle Stash, are middle-aged …More

The World Below The World Below
By Miller, Sue
2002-08 - Ballantine Books
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From the author of While I Was Gone, a stunning new novel that showcases Sue Miller's singular gift for exposing the nerves that lie hidden in marriages and families, and the hopes and regrets that lie buried in the hearts of women.
Maine, 1919. Georgia Rice, who has cared for her father and two siblings since her mother's death, is diagnosed, at nineteen, with tuberculosis and sent away to a …More

Second Nature Second Nature
By Mitchard, Jacquelyn
2011-09 - Random House
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"Second Nature" is a love story like no other. Sicily Coyne survives an unimaginable tragedy and must then face seemingly insurmountable obstacles and struggle against impossible odds in her quest to find what we all want--true connection, fulfillment, and lasting love. --Lisa Genova, author of "Still Alice" …More

The Rest of Her Life The Rest of Her Life
By Moriarty, Laura
2008-06 - Hyperion Books
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From the critically acclaimed author of "The Center of Everything" comes this luminous, provocative, and ultimately redemptive look at how even mothers and daughters with the best intentions can be blind to the harm they do to each other. …More

The Rest of Her Life My Sister's Keeper
By Picoult, Jodi 
2009 - Hyperion Books
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New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness. Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood.

Three Women Three Women
By Piercy, Marge
2001-12 - Harper Perennial
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A woman's neat, buttoned-up life starts to unravel after her daughter returns home, angry and unemployed, and her vital, working, and involved-with-life mother suffers a debilitating stroke. …More

One True Thing One True Thing
By Quindlen, Anna
2006-08 - Random House Trade
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A mother. A daughter. A shattering choice.
From Anna Quindlen, bestselling author of "Black and Blue, comes a novel of life, love and everyday acts of mercy.
"A triumph."
"--San Francisco Chronicle …More


Golden State Golden State
By Richmond, Michelle
2014-02 - Bantam Books for Young Readers
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Doctor Julie Walker has just signed her divorce papers when she receives news that her younger sister, Heather, has gone into labor. Though theirs is a strained relationship, Julie sets out for the hospital to be at her sister's side - no easy task since the streets of San Francisco are filled with commotion. Today is also the day that Julie will find herself at the epicenter of a violent standoff …More

The Weight of Water The Weight of Water
By Shreve, Anita
1998-01 - Little Brown and Company
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Enthusiastically embraced by critics, readers, and booksellers across the country, this powerful novel of obsession and betrayal is now available in paperback. When a photographer researches a legendary crime that took place a century earlier, she immerses herself in the details of the case--and finds herself caught in the grip of an uncontrollable emotion. …More

We Need to Talk about Kevin We Need to Talk about Kevin
By Shriver, Lionel
2006-07 - Harper Perennial
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The gripping international bestseller about motherhood gone awry

Eva never really wanted to be a mother and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with …More