What is the best fiction with feminist themes?

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    #1Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness)

    Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness)
    Alanna: The First Adventure, the first book in Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness series, is about Alanna, her twin brother Thom, and their pursuit of the life fated to the other. Alanna wants to be a knight, while Thom wants to be a mage.
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    Gary Taylor
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "Alanna is a great fun fiction that helps to truly capture the idea and belief of feminism. It follows the life of Alanna a girl who wants to become a knight."
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    #2The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness, the 4th book in Ursula K. Le Guin's Hainish Cycle series, is about a human ambassador sent to the planet Winter, where there is no sexual prejudice and inhabitants can change gender anytime.

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    Amy Ward
    Written on February 26, 2018
    "I seldom read science fiction but read this book when I learned of it in an article about the author's passing. It was described as a standout among science fiction books both in the quality of its writing and because of the uncommonly deep treatment it gave several issues. What set the book apart was its treatment of the planet Winter as a place where everyone (they were basically humans) was both a man and a woman in the sense that their reproductive organs would vary from time to time based upon certain variables. The point, I take it,was to depict how the traditional human who visited the planet would deal with the ambiguities and duality this presented."
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    #3Woman on the Edge of Time

    Woman on the Edge of Time

    Woman on the Edge of Time is Marge Piercy's 1976 novel with themes about gender and race. This book depicts Connie, an American in the 1970s who was contacted by an envoy from the future and was shown different outcomes of humanity.

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    Guillermo Zárate
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "ive never heard of this book nor the author. i read the resew and it really does seem like a type of book that i might read. "
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    #4The Hours

    The Hours
    The Hours is Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction about three women of different generations whose lives got entwined because of similar challenges in life. The book included a fictitious Virginia Woolf.
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    Benjamin Riley
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "I really enjoyed this, it's a fiction that derives a lot from Virginia Woolf. It that type of writing interest you, you'll love this."
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    #5Wide Sargasso Sea

    Wide Sargasso Sea
    Wide Sargasso Sea is Jean Rhys' novel about Antoinette, a Creole heiress in 1830s Jamaica who married an Englishman, who later forced Antoinette to become an ideal Victorian lady.
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    Pamela Weber
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "If you like books about far-away places, this is the book for you. I couldn't put it down!"
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    #6Cat's Eye

    Cat's Eye
    Cat's Eye is Margaret Atwood's story about Elaine, a painter who returned to her childhood city of Toronto and face life while reminiscing memories from her past. Feminism, art movements, and even war were discussed in this book.

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    Martha Olson
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "I run a book club with some other ladies in my area and we like to read books about powerful women and women doing big things with their lives. I found Cat's Eye on Amazon and suggested it to the group. We started reading it in the group and it's a big hit. When Elaine goes home to Toronto it reminds me of when I went back to my hometown. I think all women should read it at some point in their lives."
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    #7The Bluest Eye

    The Bluest Eye
    The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's novel about an African-American girl who wished to have the blue eyes of a white girl. Through the eyes of Pecola, Morrison described race and gender inequality, and beauty as a social construct.
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    Katherine Gardner
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The Bluest Eye is a good fiction that has feminist themes. As an African-American girl dreams to have the blue eyes of a white girl, this story explores the social construct of society as seen through the race and gender inequalities that people face. I enjoyed reading this novel."
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    #8Beloved

    Beloved

    Beloved is a multi-award-winning historical fiction novel written by Nobel laureate for literature, Toni Morrison. It was first published in 1987 and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988.

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    Albert Silva
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Beloved was an interesting read that cannot summed up as any one type of book. While it's a period piece it's also a ghost story, and a story of loss and pain and what lengths people will go to protect others. This book has stuck with me since I read it, there's so much depth here it's amazing."
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    #9The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd depicts loss and betrayal. This book was a New York Times bestseller and has won the 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards. In 2008, this novel was turned into a movie.

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    Walter Duncan
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "This story is a great read as it has some fantastic female lead characters. Set in a time where racism is still a major issue, you follow the life of a young girl as she overcomes her own faults and comes to terms with her past. A story that really shows how strong women are and what they can overcome."
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    #10The Joy Luck Club

    The Joy Luck Club
    The Joy Luck Club is a best-selling novel by Amy Tan that tells the story of a group of four Chinese women who meet together for mahjong and companionship. Later, their daughters continue the tradition.
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    Arthur Jimenez
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "The Joy Luck Club is a good book. However, I wouldn't really classify it as having feminist themes. If that is what you are looking for you might not enjoy it."
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    #11Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is one of the most important and enduring books of the 20th century. It brings to life a Southern love story with incredible wit and pathos.

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    Craig Beck
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I found myself interested in checking out the book because I had found out it was being reprinted after all this time after falling out of favor due to the rejection of a strong female protagonist. The fact that there was such a rejection of it at first made me wonder why after reading it, regardless of your politics the story is fun and full of twists and turns you would never expect. "
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    #12The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar is a book by Sylvia Plath that tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman living in New York, and her descent into madness while trapped in the suffocating "bell jar" that is depression. 

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    Megan Salazar
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I don't know if I would say The Bell Jar consists of mainly feminist themes but it is a must read and a classic for a reason. It follows the story of a woman and her fall into insanity. Her breakdown is intense and emotionally charged and the way Sylvia Plath writes will leave you drained but in a good way"
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    #13The Last Time I Saw Mother

    The Last Time I Saw Mother

    The Last Time I Saw Mother is a Filipino fiction book written by Arlene J. Chai. It is first published in 1996 by Ballantine Books. 

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    Jerry Huang
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Last Time I Saw Mother is a great story of family, love, and hardships. I think anyone can enjoy and learn from this book. I really liked it. It is touching and heartwarming."
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    #14Broken Moon

    Broken Moon

    Broken Moon is a historical fiction and feminist novel for young adults written by Kim Antieau. It was originally published in 2007. It is about a sister's loving and courageous journey in the desert in search of her younger brother. 

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    Ayaan Rathore
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The strong female lead in this book makes it worth a read. It was a bit of a struggle for me to get through the foreign culture parts, but this didn't take away from the story too much, and I don't think most people would have problems with it. I have passed this book to my worldly daughter and she enjoyed it as well."
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    #15Women Without Men

    Women Without Men

    Women Without Men is a classic Iranian feminist fiction novel written by Shahrnush Parsipur. This magical realism book is first published in 1978. 

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    Andrea Tran
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is a magical realism story with spiritual elements in the material world surrounding Iran after the revolution, and the strife and turmoil the country was going through, as well as the revolutionary changes and social advancements that were being made. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in the history of feminism outside the US."
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    #16The Women's Room

    The Women's Room

    The Women's Room is a classic feminist fiction book written by Marilyn French. This novel is about Mira Ward and a women's movement. It is first published in 1977 by Little Brown and Company. 

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    Peter McDonald
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Having being written in the 1970s, it is amazing how well The Women's Room holds up today. This book is one of the great pieces of feminist literature. It will make you question the social norms that so many people accept blindly and you won't be able to put the book down until you finish it!"
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    #17South Riding

    South Riding

    South Riding is a historical classic fiction written by Winifred Holtby with Shirley Williams for the Preface, and Marion Shaw for the Introduction. First published in 1936 by Virago Modern Classics, this book is republished in 2011.

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    Stephanie Harrison
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This looks super interesting, and it definitely has a feminist theme - both the main characters are female and have their own struggles. This is also a classic from way back when."
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    #18Conquistadora

    Conquistadora

    Conquistadora is a young adult historical fiction novel written by Puerto Rican author Esmeralda Santiago. It is about a Spanish girl who married a Puerto Rican plantation owner and the effect of the U.S. Civil War on their lives.

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    James Armstrong
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Beautiful story, very well written. It is an easy read that keeps you entertained. It is a fiction story but with real events of the time."
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    #19The Sacred Night

    The Sacred Night

    The Sacred Night is a thrilling gender-bending novel for young adults written by Tahar Ben Jelloun and translated by Alan Sheridan. It was released in May 2000.It has elements from Arabic fairy tales and of historical Islam society.

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    Robert Marshall
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a great novel that has a feminist lean and props up feminists in a positive light. It smart, well written, and is a story that really grabs the reader from the get go. A book not just for feminists either. Highly recommended!"
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    #20Nemesis (Resident Evil)

    Nemesis (Resident Evil)

    Nemesis is the fifth book in the Resident Evil Series by  S.D Perry that tells the story a viral infection that affected all the humans and animals in the Racoon City. 

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    Maria Martin
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "If you want to read a book with a girl hero, look no further!"
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    #21Caliban Cove (Resident Evil)

    Caliban Cove (Resident Evil)

    Caliban Cove is the second book in the Resident Evil series written by S.D Perry that tells the story of the aftermath effect of the viral infection that the Umbrella Corporation produced. S.T.A.R.S group will discover the conspiracy. 

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    Jerry Banks
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "Great book for those looking for a feminist angle. This is the second book of the series and the story line is solid and easy to follow. I highly recommend. Great read."
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    #22As I Descended

    As I Descended

    Robin Talley's As I Descended is a romance-thriller novel about couple Lily and Maria and their fight against their school's resident Golden Child. The book was published on September 6th, 2016 by HarperTeen.

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    Betty Hanson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Romance novels that are able to be suspenseful is an interesting genre. As I descended is an attempt to tackle this."
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    #23The Latin Deli

    The Latin Deli

    The Latin Deli: Telling the Lives of Barrio Women is a book by Puerto Rican author Judith Ortiz Cofer originally published in May 1995. It is a colorful and lyrical narration of the lives of Puerto Rican women in America.

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    Donald Chavez
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Not only a novel about feminism, The Latin Deli also covers a wide berth of topics from immigration to equal rights. This is a great book for anyone with that feeling of being an "Other" within society."
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    #24Second Class Citizen

    Second Class Citizen

    Second Class Citizen is a novel by Buchi Emecheta. Originally published in 1974, it portrays the lives of contemporary Nigerians by telling the story of a Nigerian woman who migrated to England with her children.
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    Mick Fang
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book has both feminist and oppressed minority themes. It is a very poor message. She should have stayed in Nigeria."
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    #25The Sand Child

    The Sand Child

    The Sand Child is a light comedy novel but with deep messages for young adults. It was written by Tahar Ben Jelloun and translated by Alan Sheridan. It is about a girl raised as a boy due to his father's wish of having a son among his eight kids.

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    Keith Munoz
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This book aimed to be revolutionary, but is too confusing and becomes less and less interesting throughout the pages. If you want to read something enjoyable... choose another book."
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    #26Three Guineas

    Three Guineas

    Three Guineas is a fiction book by Virginia Woolf. It is a compilation of Woolf's response to the three separate requests given to her by a women's college, a professional women society, and the society . It was published in 2006 by Mariner Books.

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    Elvira Aguilera
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Three Guineas is another great feminist novel that is very popular .Its one if the newer books that includes the present society. "
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    #27The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood. Set in a totalitarian theocracy that has overthrown the United States government, the novel explores themes of women in such as individualism and independence.

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    #28Maledicte

    Maledicte

    Maledicte is a book by Lane Robins that tells the story of Maledicte. He is a handsome ruler who can mesmerize anyone with his beauty, manners, and appeal. But behind his masculine figure is a woman named Miranda just waiting to take revenge.

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    Billy Coleman
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This novel was pretty entertaining to read. The story, even though it is pretty unoriginal and bland, did do a good job of keeping me engaged. The characters are just interesting enough to invoke some feelings of empathy in the reader. Overall, the plot is fairly predictable and it definitely did not keep me on the edge of my seat, but if you are looking for a light read with feminist overtones, this novel is not the worst option you could choose."
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    #29So Far from God

    So Far from God

    Anna Castillo's So Far From God is a novel about a woman named Sophia, her four daughters and the life they face in New Mexico. The novel was published on June 17th, 2005 by W. W. Norton Company.

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    Vincent Gomez
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is a feminist tale of a woman named Sophia that I read last week and it was pretty good overall I would say. It gave me an experience to say the least and I would probably read it again to see if I missed anything the first time."
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    #30Bedelia

    Bedelia
    Bedelia is a mystery crime thriller fiction novel written by Vera Caspary. This mystery suspense feminist book is first published in 1945. 
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    Samuel Hall
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "feminists are powerful"
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    #31Misfortune

    Misfortune

    Misfortune is a book by Wesley Stace that tells the story of a rich man who found a baby in misery and took it as his own. As time passed by, the beautiful daughter of Lord Geoffrey, but as she grows older, secrets will be told.

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    Tammy Carr
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Misfortune has very compelling characters that make you anxious to continue the next chapter. My only complaint is the ending. It was not anything like I expected, and I am not sure if I will read anymore of Staces books because of this. Not bad overall, but not the best. "
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    #32Genesis (Resident Evil)

    Genesis (Resident Evil)

    Genesis is one of the books in the Resident Evil Series written by Keith R.A DeCandido that tells the story of a lethal virus made by the Umbrella Corporation. It kills and reanimate so many people. 

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    Zhao Dong
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "I love to read books, especially with strong women. My favorite fictional book right now with feminist themes is Genesis (Resident Evil). I love to play the Resident Evil games. The books are just as good, in my opinion. This book, Genesis, is one of the books in that series and is by Keith R.A. DeCandido. It has a strong feminist theme and I love that. Really, check it out for yourself. It's awesome!"

Summary

Best What is the best fiction with feminist themes
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness)Books 41 Paid
2The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)Books 33 Paid
3Woman on the Edge of TimeBooks 32 Paid
4The HoursBooks 31 Paid
5Wide Sargasso SeaBooks 29 Paid
6Cat's EyeBooks 29 Paid
7The Bluest EyeBooks 23 Paid
8BelovedBooks 20 Paid
9The Secret Life of BeesBooks 16 Paid
10The Joy Luck ClubBooks 13 Paid
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