• The cover of the book Little Women

    Little Women

    Yes, the March sisters entertain their fair share of courtships (some more reluctantly than others) from various men, but the majority of this bildungsroman is about how Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy help Marmee maintain the home—and their sanity—during the Civil War. Nights spent around the piano, Christmas morning volunteering, and staging Jo’s plays only serve to strengthen the bonds between the four girls as they become little women.

     
  • The cover of the book Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    In nineteenth-century Hunan county China, Lily and Snow Flower are paired together as laotong, or “old same,” in an emotional match that supersedes any other partnership. Writing messages back and forth in nu shu (a secret language invented by women) on their fans, they share the highs and lows of their arranged marriages, the horrors of footbinding, and a misunderstanding that threatens to break their bond.

     
  • The cover of the book Beloved

    Beloved

    Men don’t have a place in this ghost tale of mothers and daughters. When former slave Sethe’s home is haunted, she believes it to be the spirit of her two-year-old daughter, Beloved, who she killed rather than have her be returned to slavery years before. Neither Sethe’s sons nor her lover Paul D can help exorcise Beloved; only Sethe’s daughter Denver can reach through to her mother, caught in Beloved’s thrall.

     
  • The cover of the book The Paying Guests

    The Paying Guests

    In the aftermath of World War I, with sons and husbands lost to the death toll, women like Frances Wray and her mother are forced to open up their home to “paying guests” to make up for lost income. And while Leonard and Lilian seem like a charming, bohemian couple, Frances’ torrid affair with the young Mrs. Barber overshadows any considerations for the men in their lives, alive or dead.

     
  • The cover of the book 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas

    2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas

    In this heartfelt novel, set in Philadelphia on the night before Christmas Eve, three women—Madeline, a 9-year-old aspiring jazz singer reeling from the death of her mother, her fifth-grade teacher Sarina (shell-shocked by divorce, but open to new possibilities) and Lorca, the owner of struggling jazz club The Cat’s Pajamas—are all searching for something and become dazzlingly intertwined in the process.

     
  • The cover of the book The Last Nude

    The Last Nude

    In this imaginative work of historical fiction, Rafaela Fano, a young American woman, has a chance meeting in Paris with Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka during the summer of 1927. The ex-pat agrees to pose nude for the artist, inspiring some of her most famous works and eventually becoming her muse, as well as her lover. Set across the glittering backdrop of Paris in the Roaring Twenties, this tale of female friendship and love is a heady mix of art and eroticism.