Lit ladies: Neelanjani Rasane recommends her feminist fiction faves

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Explore empowering, feminist, fiction favourites that celebrate women's strength and resilience, with bookstagrammar, Neelanjali Rasane.

Feminist fiction holds a special place in literature. These books aren't just about telling stories – they're about shaking up the status quo and giving a voice to women from all walks of life. From the classics you've heard about a million times to the latest releases that'll make you sit up and take notice, feminist fiction covers it all. Whether you're a seasoned reader or just dipping your toes into this world, we've got some beautiful recommendations from bookstagrammar Neelanjali Rasane that'll have you hooked from page one.

Neelanjali has been a reader for most of her life, finding comfort and joy in the natural flow of this passion. She's drawn to tales of those who defy the odds, inspiring everyone with their extraordinary achievements. Gender equality has always been a topic of continuous debate for her. Be it in films, politics or real-life events, we feel society's biases almost everywhere. Fiction has quite a few brilliant examples of brave women who fought for what they believed in, despite their circumstances challenging them every step of the way. Elaborating on this, Neelanjali told us about fictional women who have inspired her endlessly and the books that made her laugh, cry, and even changed her perspective! 

Check out what she had to say along with her reccos!

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

From my favourite genre, historical fiction, The Nightingale, a story of two sisters, is set during World War II in France. This book showcases the untold story of women’s plight in a war-ravaged world.

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Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

This is a coming-of-age story of Kya who is left alone to survive on her own in a remote marsh. Soon, Kya learns about the dynamics of life and humanity from nature.

The People on Platform 5 - Clare Pooley

This book is about fifty-seven-year-old Iona Iverson and her delightful story of meeting people from different backgrounds during her commute every day. This is a feel-good read where people with their varied personal baggage discover the importance of friendships through Iona’s unique wit.

Little Women - Louisa May Alcott 

One of my all-time favourite books, Little Women is a story of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Each of them has their own different struggles adjusting to life in New England while their father is off to war. Each of them is inspiring in their own unique way.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows 

A heartwarming tale of post-war England, this book is the story of Juliet, who leaves her convenient life in London for the small island of Guernsey after reading about their one-of-a-kind literary society. This book is in the form of letters that are witty and fun!

A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khalid Hosseini
A heart-wrenching story set in Afghanistan, this book revolves around 15-year-old Mariam who is married off to an older man who is twice her age. An unforgettable tale of sacrifice and heroism, this is a must-read for all women!
City of Girls - Elizabeth Gilbert
Nineteen-year-old Vivian is sent off to New York to live with her aunt after she gets expelled from school. In the city, she discovers her true calling and a whole new world of possibilities.

Have you read any of these books? Would you like to read any? Tell us in the comments below!

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