The Doll Factory

By Elizabeth Macneal - Published 2019


Iris paints porcelain faces, ‘threads hair through the holes in the scalp, sometimes curls it with irons heated in the coals,’ in Mrs ...Read Review

All Ships Follow Me: A Family Memoir of War Across Three Continents

By Mieke Eerkens - Published 2019



A war memoir that reads as hauntingly and movingly as a novel, Mieke Eeerkens’ All Ships Follow Me is told not by the ...Read Review

The Children of Jocasta

By Natalie Haynes - Published 2018



Another group of girls break their silence in this brilliant adaptation of the Oedipus myth, told from the perspective of its female protagonists. ...Read Review

The Age of Light

By Whitney Scharer - Published 2019


Biographical Fiction

I love learning about women whom history has downplayed or ignored, such as Lee Miller, American fashion model-turned-photographer. The novel begins with Lee ...Read Review

The Distance Home

By Paula Saunders - Published 2018Published 2019


Eve grew up in Ft. Pierre, South Dakota during WWII, on a dirt-poor farm that flooded every few years. Her parents are beaten ...Read Review

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

By Kathleen Rooney - Published 2017Published 2018


In the style of a first-person memoir, this is actually a fictionalized riff by the author upon the eventful life of an actual ...Read Review

The Sparsholt Affair

By Alan Hollinghurst - Published 2017Published 2018


Art rushes in where society fears to tread. In the 1940s, a group of young men watch from the windows of their Oxford ...Read Review

Dear Mrs Bird

By A. J. Pearce - Published 2018


London, 1942. Emmy Lakes is an eager young woman who aspires to be a journalist tackling the hard issues of the day. She shares ...Read Review

To Die in Spring

By Ralf Rothman - By Shaun Whiteside (trans.) - Published 2017



Two things to know: this novel is excellent, and it’s no place to be looking for even involuntary laughs. Set in the ...Read Review

The Fortune Teller

By Gwendolyn Womack - Published 2017



This time-traveling novel rests on an intriguing premise. An ancient Egyptian manuscript, which tells the story of a missing deck of tarot cards, ...Read Review

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