WOMEN’S FICTION – “Above all, be the heroine of your own life.” ~ Nora Ephron. Women’s fiction is a broad genre that focuses on the lives of female protagonists and their journeys. Novels in this genre almost always are written by women, are addressed to women, and tell the story of a woman or a group of women. They spotlight the emotions and relationships of the protagonist and explore her hopes, dreams, and fears. The driving force is the motivation of the protagonist to traverse difficulties in her life and triumph in her own way, often with the help of others, but always under her own power. The resulting conclusion should be emotionally satisfying, with the exploration of self leading to a moving closure.
Examples: Virginia Wolf, Zora Neal Hurston, Terry McMillan, Amy Tan, Margaret Atwood, Tracy Chevalier, Sandra Cisneros, Candace Bushnell, Gillian Flynn, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lionel Shriver, Isabelle Allende, Janet Fitch, Jhumpa Lahiri, Fannie Flag