Women’s Fiction can be oddly difficult to define, but it has always been about the journey of women, and recently it has become a much more culturally diverse and inclusive genre, bringing women all over the world closer together through shared or similar experiences. Since the early 2000s, when “chick lit” burst onto the scene with authors like Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin, and Jen Lancaster (remember the pretty pink covers?) giving their perspective on women’s lives, women’s fiction has been steadily evolving from documenting mainly romantic journeys to chronicling the more serious, relatable life journeys of women of all ages, races, colors, and creeds.
EVPL’s Women’s Fiction Book Discussion will have its first meeting via Zoom on Thursday, October 15, at 7:00 pm. Register on the EVPL website, and the Zoom link will be sent to you. October’s selection is The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.
The Great Alone, set in the 1970s, is about a young girl’s life as her family, led by her Vietnam veteran father, begins a new life in the uncharted wilds of Alaska. The novel deals with themes of domestic violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, and mother-daughter relationships. Hannah, who was raised in the Pacific Northwest, has set several of her books in Alaska. If you enjoy The Great Alone, check out Firefly Lane, The Magic Hour, or Winter Garden. Her novels explore the different experiences of strong women, and how their lives and worlds are changed by how they participate in their experiences. Hannah is also the author of the best-selling World War II novel The Nightingale, about two French sisters, the French resistance, and how their lives are affected by the war.
The November discussion selection is A Woman is No Man, by Etaf Rum. This debut novel details the experiences of a Palestinian-American family and three generations of women. The novel is loosely based on the experiences of the author, and casts a light on the cultural plight of women and its effects on their families – this time in a Middle-Eastern family. The November discussion is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, at 7:00 pm on Zoom.
We hope you’ll join us for the Women’s Fiction book discussion as we explore the experiences of women all over the world – past and present.
Kate Linderman is the Community Knowledge Librarian of Practice. A life long reader and student of history, she also enjoys gardening, calligraphy and fluffy cat herding.
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