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Fiction featuring good writing and strong female characters.

The River Wife Agee, Jonis
The River Wife
A sweeping, panoramic story that ranges from the New Madrid earthquake of 1811 through the Civil War to the bootlegging days of the 1930s, describing several generations of one dynamic family.
 
The Fugitive Wife Brown, Peter C.
The Fugitive Wife
Essie Crummey leaves her abusive husband to join up with the 1900 Nome gold rush and establishes herself as an entrepreneur and survivor.
 
The Other Boleyn Girl Gregory, Philippa
The Other Boleyn Girl
Two ferociously ambitious sisters, Mary and Anne Boleyn, are rivals for the bed and heart of King Henry VIII.
 
The Emancipator Hambly, Barbara
The Emancipator's Wife: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln
Vivacious, impulsive, and intoxicated by politics, she is a Todd of Lexington, an aristocratic family whose ancestors defeated the British. But no one knows her secret fears and anxieties.
 
Augusta Locke Henderson, William Haywood
Augusta Locke
The tale of one woman's troubled yet spirited life as she raises her daughter in the deserts and lonely ranges of Wyoming.
 
A Parchment of Leaves House, Silas
A Parchment of Leaves
In the early 1900s in rural Kentucky, young Saul Sullivan falls in love with Vine, a Cherokee woman.
 
As Hot as It Was You Ought to Thank Me Kincaid, Nanci
As Hot as It Was You Ought to Thank Me
The touchingly honest story of Berry Jackson, a young teenager growing up in Pinetta, Florida, home to two churches, a school, and a gas station. Berry spends her days soaking up the lives of her parents, Ford and Ruthie, her brothers Sowell and Wade, and an amusing array of neighbors including a wayward preacher, a shotgun-toting father of six, and the town's relatively) wealthy businessman.
 
That Night McDermott, Alice
That Night
On a warm suburban night, the sound of lawn sprinklers is drowned out by the rumble of hot rods. Suddenly a car careens onto a family's neat front yard, teenage boys spill out brandishing chains and leather, and a young man cries out for the girl he loves.
 
The Birth House McKay, Ami
The Birth House
Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of the Rare family, becomes the local midwife's apprentice in an era when medical doctors are taking over her ageless profession.
 
Mason, Bobbie Ann
Feather Crowns
The spiritual and emotional journey taken by Christie Wheeler, a Kentucky farmer's wife who gives birth to quintuplets in the spring of 1900.
 
Gap Creek Morgan, Robert
Gap Creek
Julie Harmon works hard, "hard as a man" they say, so hard that at times she's not sure she can stop. People depend on her. She is just a teenager when her brother dies in her arms. The following year, she marries Hank and moves down into the valley. Julie and Hank discover that the modern world is complex, grinding on without pause or concern for their hard work.
 
Harriet and Isabella O'Brien, Patricia
Harriet and Isabella
Fictionalized story of author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe and her sister Isabella reuniting after the death of their father.
 
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets Rice, Eva
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
Shortly after World War II, Penelope Wallace's life changes when she befriends Charlotte, falls in love with a magician, and begins to grow up.
 
Peony in Love See, Lisa
Peony In Love
Peony, the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family and betrothed to a suitor she has never met, catches sight of a handsome man and begins a journey of love and sorrow.
 
On Agate Hill Smith, Lee
On Agate Hill
Molly Petree, orphaned by the Civil War and raised in the ruins of a once prosperous plantation, is a refugee who has no interest in self-pity.
 

Updated: February 16, 2010