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This is a limited selection of fictional works for adults and older teens, written by women of various national and ethnic identities. Most of the material is from the 20th Century but some historical works are also included, with publication date in parentheses. Following the author's name is her ethnicity and/or nationality as known, and a representative or popular work by her.

Ama Ata AidooGhanaianOur Sister Killjoy
Isabel AllendeChileanThe House of the Spirits
Julia AlvarezDominican AmericanHow the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
Maeve BinchyIrishCircle of Friends
Karen Blixen
[born Christentze Dinesen; used Isak Dinesen as a pseudonym for her works published in English
DanishSeven Gothic Tales
Charlotte BronteIrish-EnglishJane Eyre (1847)
Octavia E. ButlerAfrican-AmericanParable of the Talents This is a science fiction or fantasy novel
Angela CarterBritishNights at the Circus
Willa Cather [born Wilella Sibert Cather]Anglo-AmericanSapphira and the Slave Girl
Kate ChopinFrench-Irish-AmericanThe Awakening and Other Stories

House of the Spirits book cover    How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents book cover    Parable of the Talents book cover    The Awaken and Other Stories book cover   

Sandra CisnerosMexican-AmericanThe House on Mango Street
Edwidge DanticatHaitian-AmericanBreath, Eyes, Memory
Mazo DeLaRoche [born Maxo Roche]CanadianJalna
Anita DesaiGerman-BengaliClear Light of Day
George Eliot [born Mary Anne Evans]BritishAdam Bede (1859)
Buchi EmechetaNigerianThe Bride Price
Louise ErdrichChippewa-German-AmericanLove Medicine
Laura EsquivelMexicanLike Water for Chocolate
[Stella] Miles FranklinAustralianMy Brilliant Career (1901)

Breath, Eyes, Memory book cover    Love Medicine book cover    Like Water for Chocolate book cover    Dreaming in Cuban book cover   

Cristina GarciaCuban-AmericanDreaming in Cuban
Charlotte Perkins GilmanAnglo-AmericanThe Yellow Wallpaper (1892/1899)
Natalia GinzbergJewish-ItalianAll Our Yesterdays
Nadine GordimerAnglo-Jewish-AfrikaanerBurger's Daughter
Rosa GuyTrinidadian-AmericanMy Love, My Love: or The Peasant Girl
Jessica Tarahata HagedornFilipino-AmericanDog Eaters
Shirley HazzardAustralianThe Transit of Venus
Anne HebertFrench-CanadianIn the Shadow of the Wind
Ursula HegiGerman-AmericanStones From the River
Minfong HoChinese-SingaporeanRice Without Rain
Linda HoganChickasaw-AmericanThe Woman Who Watches Over the World: A Native Memoir
Nalo HopkinsonCaribbean-CanadianBrown Girl in the Ring This is a science fiction or fantasy novel
Keri HulmeMaori-New ZealanderThe Bone People
Gish Jen [born Lillian Jen]Chinese-AmericanMona in the Promised Land
Zhang JieChineseHeavy Wings

Dog Eaters book cover    Rice Without Rain book cover    Solar Storms book cover    Brown Girl in the Ring book cover   

Jamaica Kincaid [born Elaine Potter Richardson]AntiguanAnnie John
Maxine Hong KingstonChinese-AmericanTripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book
Winona LaDukeAnishinaabe-Jewish-AmericanLast Standing Woman
Jhumpa LahiriBengali-AmericanInterpreter of Maladies
Margaret LaurenceScots-Irish-CanadianThe Stone Angel
Catherine LimMalaysian-SingaporeanThe Bondmaid
Kamala MarkandayaIndo-AnglianA Handful of Rice
Ngaio MarshAnglo-New ZealanderVintage Murder This is a mystery novel
Paule MarshallBarbadian-AmericanPraisesong For the Widow
Anna MitgutschAustrianThree Daughters
Rosa MonteroSpanishAbsent Love: A Chronicle
Toni Morrison [born Chloe Anthony Wofford]African-AmericanBeloved
Mourning Dove
[Native name Hum-Ishu-Ma]
OkanoganCogewea, the Half-Blood
Alice MunroCanadianFriend of My Youth: Stories
Murasaki [aka Murasaki Shikibu]JapaneseThe Tale of Genji (ca. 1010)

Last Standing Woman book cover    Interpreter of Maladies and Other Stories book cover    The Teardrop Story Woman book cover    Beloved book cover   

Anais NinDanish-French-Spanish-AmericanUnder a Glass Bell, and Other Stories
Flora NwapaNigerianThis is Lagos
Silvina OcampoArgentinianLeopoldina's Dream
Ann PetryAfrican-AmericanThe Street
Marge PiercyJewish-Welsch-AmericanWoman On the Edge of Time
Susan PowerSiouxThe Grass Dancer
Santha Rama RauIndo-AnglianRemember the House
Jean Rhys [born Gwendolen Rees Williams]Anglo-Creole-DominicanVoyage in the Dark
Merce RodoredaCatalonian-SpanishThe Time of the Doves
Ninotchka RoscaFilipinoTwice Blessed
Laura Joh RowlandKorean-Chinese-AmericanShinju This is a mystery novel
Gabrielle RoyFrench-CanadianStreet of Riches
George Sand [born Aurore Dupin]FrenchLelia (1833)
Dori SandersAfrican-AmericanClover
Bapsi SidhwaPakistaniCracking India

Under a Glass Bell and Other Stories book cover    Woman on the Edge of Time book cover    Shinju book cover    Clover book cover   

Leslie Marmon SilkoNative-Mexican-Anglo-AmericanAlmanac of the Dead
Amalie SkramDanish-NorwegianUnder Observation
Lillian E. SmithAmericanStrange Fruit
Christina SteadAustralianThe Man Who Loved Children
Etsu Inagaki SugimotoJapaneseA Daughter of the Nohfu
Amy Tan [born Tu Ching Tan]Chinese-AmericanThe Joy Luck Club
Esther TusquetsSpanishThe Same Sea as Every Summer
Sigrid UndsetNorwegianThe Cross
Anastasya VerbitskayaRussianKeys to Happiness
Eudora WeltyAnglo-Swiss-AmericanThe Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
Dorothy WestAfrican-AmericanThe Living is Easy
Christa WolfGermanCassandra: A Novel and Four Essays
[Adeline] Virginia WoolfBritishA Room of One's Own
Banana YoshimotoJapaneseKitchen

Almanac of the Dead book cover    The Joy Luck Club book cover    Same Sea as Every Summer book cover    Kitchen book cover   

For information about female authors from varied ethnic or cultural backgrounds on the World Wide Web, try this site: A Celebration of Women Writers or try meta-search services such as or

This is a mystery novel indicates mystery title
This is a science fiction or fantasy novel indicates science fiction or fantasy title

Printed List March 2000 bwc, with contributions from rs, jt, pl, mjk, ag, cac, pl
Updated and expanded for the Web February 2004 sdc / last updated March 2008 sdc

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