100+ Contemporary American Women Fiction Writers

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Jonis Agee

The Weight of Dreams

Dorothy Allison

Bastard Out of Carolina

Julia Alvarez

In the Time of the Butterflies

A. Manette Ansay

Vinegar Hill

Andrea Barrett

Ship Fever: Stories

Ann Beattie

Picturing Will

Elizabeth Berg

Durable Goods

Rita Mae Brown

Rubyfruit Jungle

Elizabeth Buchan

Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman

Bebe Moore Campbell

Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine

Barbara Chase-Riboud

Sally Hemings: a Novel

Tracy Chevalier

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Jennifer Chiaverini

The Quilter’s Apprentice

Susan Choi

The Foreign Student

Carolyn Chute

The Beans of Egypt, Maine

Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street

Sandra Dallas

The Persian Pickle Club

Joan Didion

A Book of Common Prayer

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Sister of My Heart

Louise Erdrich

Love Medicine

Fannie Flagg

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café

Dorothea Benton Frank

Sullivan’s Island

Kaye Gibbons

A Cure for Dreams

Ellen Gilchrist

Rhoda: a Life in Stories

Gail Godwin

A Mother and Two Daughters

Allegra Goodman

Kaaterskill Falls

Mary Gordon

Men and Angels

Beth Gutcheon

Domestic Pleasures

Jane Hamilton

The Book of Ruth

Kathryn Harrison

The Seal Wife

Shirley Hazzard

The Great Fire

Ursula Hegi

Stones From the River

Alice Hoffman

Illumination Night

Sheri Holman

The Dress Lodger

A.M. Homes

The Safety of Objects

Catherine Ryan Hyde

Walter's Purple Heart

Susan Isaacs

Close Relations

Gish Jen

Typical American

Diane Johnson

Le Divorce

Jan Karon

At Home in Mitford

Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees

Haven Kimmel

A Girl Named Zippy (NF)

Jamaica Kincaid

The Autobiography of My Mother

Barbara Kingsolver

The Bean Trees

Jhumpa Lahiri

Interpreter of Maladies

Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (NF)

Lorna Landvik

Patty Jane's House of Curl

Billie Letts

Where the Heart Is

Elinor Lipman

Then She Found Me

Alison Lurie

Foreign Affairs

Jo-Ann Mapson

Hank and Chloe

Valerie Martin

The Great Divorce

Bobbie Ann Mason

Clear Springs (NF)

Jill McCorkle

Tending to Virginia

Elizabeth McCracken

The Giant's House

Alice McDermott

Charming Billy

Terry McMillan

Waiting to Exhale

Martha McPhee

Bright Angel Time

Maile Meloy

Liars and Saints

Sue Miller

Family Pictures

Susan Minot

Evening

Jacquelyn Mitchard

The Deep End of the Ocean

Lorrie Moore

Birds of America

Susanna Moore

The Whiteness of Bones

Mary Morris

The Waiting Room

Mary McGarry Morris

A Dangerous Woman

Toni Morrison

Song of Solomon

Sena Jeter Naslund

Ahab's Wife

Joyce Carol Oates

Them

Whitney Otto

The Passion Dream Book

Grace Paley

The Collected Stories

Ann Patchett

Bel Canto

Cathie Pelletier

The Funeral Makers

Jodi Picoult

Harvesting the Heart

Marge Piercy

Woman on the Edge of Time

Belva Plain

Evergreen

Francine Prose

Blue Angel

Annie Proulx

The Shipping News

Anna Quindlen

One True Thing

Jeanne Ray

Step-Ball-Change

Cathleen Schine

She is Me

Sandra Scofield

Beyond Deserving

Alice Sebold

Lucky (NF)

Paula Sharp

Crows Over a Wheatfield

Anita Shreve

The Pilot's Wife

Anne Rivers Siddons

Up Island

Leslie Marmon Silko

Almanac of the Dead

Paullina Simons

Tully

Mona Simpson

Anywhere But Here

Jane Smiley

A Thousand Acres

Lee Smith

Fair and Tender Ladies

Susan Sontag

The Volcano Lover

Susan Straight

I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots

Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club

Donna Tartt

The Secret History

Nancy Thayer

Three Women at the Water's Edge

Adriana Trigiani

Big Stone Gap

Gail Tsukiyama

The Samurai's Garden

Anne Tyler

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

Susan Vreeland

Girl in Hyacinth Blue

Alice Walker

The Color Purple

Marianne Wiggins

Evidence of Things Unseen