Amanda Malamut
April 09, 2017 12:32 pm
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If you’re anything like us, you’re still detoxing from the glory that was Big Little Lies. Whether you were a book reader before the series or after, chances are, you’re now jonesing for more amazing stories about female friendship.

We all know the importance of female friendship and empowerment in our lives.

That’s why there are so many great classic and contemporary books that feature or focus on the topic. Here are seven awesome books to get your female friendship fix.

1 The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 

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Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. Taken in by an eccentric trio of African American beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna.

2  Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag

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This multi-generational story of female friendship was also an incredible film. In the book, the elderly Mrs. Threadgoode tells her life story to Evelyn, a woman in her 40s. In the past, the tale Mrs. Threadgoode recounts is one of two female best friends and the trials they had to survive as women in the 1930s.

3Little Women by Louisa May Allcott

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What’s even more complicated than female friendships? Sisters! This classic follows the lives of four sisters in the post-Civil War era. It’s a great insight into how gender roles affect our friendships with other women and family.

4 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares  

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There may be magic pants in this story, but the tale it tells of how friendship grows and changes as you do is one everyone should read.

5 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

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This novel about a lifetime friendship between four Southern women, and the complicated relationship daughters and mothers can have, takes our breath away. Honest, funny, and realistic about mental illness, Divine Secrets is a perfect read for anyone who has a tough time with their mom.

6  Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

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From the moment they meet,  Molly realizes that Vivian, a 91-year-old, isn’t like any adult. Together, they not only clear boxes of past mementos from Vivian’s attic, but forge a path of friendship for their future.

7  The Color Purple by Alice Walker  

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The lives of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s is a fascinating, important subject. In Alice Walker’s classic, the bond of female friendship rules. Women pulling each other, and themselves,up makes this an essential read.

There are so many amazing books about women and their friendship, so luckily you’ll probably never run out of books. Happy reading! <3

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