The Golden Cage
The main character of this book, Faye, has been one of my favorite characters to write about. Her revenge and the journey she takes from discarded housewife to crazy hot and extremely successful entrepreneur is equal parts drama, sisterhood, and inspiration, just like all an episode of Real Housewives.
Daphne du Maurier
I’m such a fan of this book: it’s a romantic cinderella story and a psychological thriller all in one. The atmospheric feeling, the ambiance, the wonderful vivid descriptions and Rebecca’s haunting presence from beyond the grave… I recommend it for anyone who enjoys a tense Gothic thriller and scrumptious prose.
Life and Loves of a She Devil
This is one of my favorite reads and the inspiration for my books about Faye (named as a tribute to Fay Weldon). This novel raises questions about the essence of evil and what constitutes society’s expectations of women. It’s a book about testing the limits of how far a woman can go and still remain likable. It’s really the perfect read if you are craving character-driven drama just like in any episode of Real Housewives.
Prepare yourself for this delicious read that will have you question your morality as well as your sanity. It’s a rollercoaster of unexpected twists and turns where it’s just nice to sit back and enjoy the ride in the passenger seat. It’s perfect for the days when you need a dose of vicious female intelligence.
This one is a fascinating and interesting read inspired by the life of Laura Bush. I loved the duality of Sittenfeld’s main character Alice Blackwell. She goes against her own views to support her husband and his quest for the presidency. Not your stereotypical feminist and yet there is a quiet strength to Blackwell that allows her to come out on top, using a rigged system to honor her beliefs and fight for her fellow women.
As a true Housewives fan myself, I know how hard it can be to wait for a new season of your favorite Real Housewives series. There’s always a deficit of crazy drama in my life when I can’t see tables being flipped over or someone throwing wine in someone else’s face, or crying and screaming hysterically on the screen. But what if I told you that you can satisfy your needs with some Real Housewives of literature? These novels are compelling and entertaining stories with some of the best housewife heroines the world of books has to offer. I threw in some strong nonfiction and a dash of stimulating suspense—hopefully they will help you endure the wait!
Featured image: Kim Richards in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (2010)