(FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T THINK THEY LIKE CHICK LIT)
Chick Lit is a term many of us love to hate. As Lucy-Ann Holmes said in her excellent article – hate the term, love the genre. But for those who don’t like the genre, or are still biased against women’s fiction: forget about the publishing marketplace and how booksellers think they will best sell books, and forget the notion that all contemporary women’s fiction is ‘fluff’.
The following books are all moving and/or funny in the ways we like our fiction to be, giving us a little escape and inspiration with our recreational reading. They are also, however, equal parts: quirky, unexpected (in that they often subvert your standard romance conventions), and very, very clever.
Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Bellwether by Connie Willis
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff