Feminism has been and might always be just a tad bit exhausting. The constant and prolonged battle of equality between men and women would leave anyone in tears or hiding under their sheets. Sadly, being scared or feeling fed up won’t help. Instead, you should get involved and volunteer for a cause, believe me this is the best time to do so.
Okay, so you’ve donated, contributed, marched, and even volunteered. Congratulations you’re doing just fine. Actually, you’re doing better than fine, you’re doing a fucking fantastic job and you should reward yourself. Go out and buy yourself a feminist fiction book, because nothing is more rewarding or relaxing than reading a good book.
Why fiction? Well, it’s fun and serves as the perfect pick-me-up after a long day of Twitter battles and depressing politics. If you feel like the world as you know it is doomed or coming to an end, don’t worry you’re not alone. However we must fight on and keep going. Try focusing on the good, better yet, focus on these brilliant pieces of literature.
Read on my feminist beaut, you’ll be glad you did.
‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.”
‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath
“Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.
Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.”
‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker
“Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2000-2009 at number seventeen because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence.”
‘Swing Time’ by Zadie Smith
“Two brown girls dream of being dancers–but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, about what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.”
‘The House of the Spirits’ by Isabel Allende
“Here is patriarch Esteban, whose wild desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his ethereal wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love for a man Esteban has deemed unworthy infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, a beautiful, ambitious girl who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.”
‘Parable of the Sower’ by Octavia Butler
“When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister’s young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny… and the birth of a new faith.”
‘Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit’ by Jeanette Winterson
“This startling novel describes the adolescence of a ferociously bright and rebellious orphan adopted into a Pentecostal household in the dour, industrial Midlands and her coming to terms with her unorthodox sexuality.”