1900’s M to Z

1900’s M to Z

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Place of Setting Author Title Notes
Malaysia Manicka, Rani The Rice Mother A matriarch of a large family
Mexico Mujica, Barbara Frida Based on the life of painter Frida Kahlo
Mexico Poniatowska, Elena Here’s to You, Jesusa! Based on the life story of Josefina Borquez, who fought in the Mexican Revolution
Mexico Poniatowska, Elena Tinisima Based on the life of actress and Communist agent Tina Modotti
Palestine Diamant, Anita Day After Night Holocaust survivors in an internment camp in Palestine
Palestine Grant, Linda When I Lived in Modern Times A Jewish woman from London moves to Palestine
Polynesia Ciment, Jill The Tattoo Artist A woman artist marooned on an island in the South Pacific learns the art of tattooing
Romania Shea, Christina Smuggled During World War II, a Jewish girl grows up Catholic in Romania
Russia Levy Mossanen, Dora The Last Romanov A relative of the assassinated Tsar Nicholas II searches to find the true heir
Russia Meads, Kat For You, Madam Lenin Based on the life of Nadya Krupskaya, wife of Vladimir Lenin
Russia Richler, Nancy Your Mouth Is Lovely Jewish revolutionaries
Scotland Livesey, Margot Eva Moves the Furniture A motherless girl tries to understand two mysterious visitors in her life
Sweden Fredriksson, Marianne Hanna’s Daughters Three generations of women
United States Adler, Elizabeth Fortune Is a Woman Women entrepreneurs /magnates
United States Attenberg, Jami Saint Mazie Proprietor of a NYC movie theater in 1920’s and 1930’s
United States Baggott, Juliana The Madam Based on the life of the author’s grandmother, who survived by running a house of prostitution
United States Baker, Ellen I Gave My Heart to Know This Several generations of women, starting with welders during World War II
United States Barnett, Lashonda Katrice Jam on the Vine African American woman journalist
United States Benjamin, Melanie The Aviator’s Wife Based on the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh
United States Bloom, Amy Away Jewish immigrants
United States Brown, Rita Mae Six of One Adventures of women in a small town in Maryland from the early 1900’s to the 1980’s
United States Burns, Mary The Reason for Time Irish immigrant in Chicago in 1919
United States Clarke, Breena River, Cross My Heart African American community in Washington, DC copes after a child’s death
United States Diamant, Anita The Boston Girl Daughter of Jewish immigrants grows up
United States Drew, Julie Daughter of Providence Family secrets in Rhode Island
United States Erdrich, Louise The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse A priest to the Ojibwe is really a woman in disguise
United States Erdrich, Louise The Painted Drum A real estate agent finds an ancient ceremonial drum that belongs to the Ojibwe people
United States Feldman, Ellen Next to Love Three young women during World War II
United States Fields, Jennie The Age of Desire Based on the life of author Edith Wharton
United States Fowler, Karen Joy The Sweetheart Season Women’s baseball team
United States Fowler, Therese Anne Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Based on the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald
United States Franks, Julia Over the Plain Houses An Appalachian farm wife befriends a woman government agent
United States Henderson, Genie Chipps A Woman of the World Based on the life of photographer Margaret Bourke-White
United States Horan, Nancy Loving Frank Based on the companion of Frank Lloyd Wright
United States Joy, Avril Sometimes A River Song 15-year-old girl in Arkansas struggles to escape male domination
United States Laskas, Gretchen Moran The Midwife’s Tale 1920’s West Virginia — a family of midwives
United States McGraw, Erin The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard A young mother flees small-town Kansas for California
United States Nichols, Tanya The Barber’s Wife A nurse in a small town in Oklahoma
United States Otsuka, Julie When the Emperor Was Divine Japanese-American internment during World War II
United States Pietrzyk, Leslie Pears on a Willow Tree Polish-American family
United States See, Lisa China Dolls In 1938, three Chinese-American girls from different background become friends
United States Smith, Lee Guests on Earth Inmates of a mental hospital in North Carolina in the 1920’s
United States Urquhart, Rachel The Visionist Takes place in a Shaker community
United States Walbert, Kate A Short History of Women Five generations of women influenced by a matriarch suffragist
United States Walker, Alice The Color Purple African-American women in the southern United States. This novel won the Pulitzer Prize.
United States Walls, Jeannette Half Broke Horses Based on the life of the author’s grandmother, a pilot and rancher
United States Weber, Christin Lore Altar Music Three Catholic women grapple with their faith and their independence
United States Weisgarber, Ann The Personal History of Rachel DuPree An African-American ranch wife struggles to survive in 1917
United States Weisgarber, Ann The Promise A young pianist from Ohio seeks to make a new life for herself in Texas
United States Zacharias, Karen Spears Mother of Rain Women in Appalachian Tennessee
West Indies (Cuba and Dominican Republic) Alvarez, Julia In the Name of Salome Alternating stories of a Spanish professor and her mother, a revolutionary poet
West Indies (Dominican Republic) Alvarez, Julia In the Time of the Butterflies Based on the lives of four revolutionary sisters
West Indies (Guadeloupe) Schwarz-Bart, Simone The Bridge of Beyond An old slave recollects her life
West Indies (Jamaica) Young, Kerry Gloria 1938 – two sisters flee their home to the city of Kingston