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10 Books to Fill the ‘Girls’-Shaped Hole In Your Life

The Fallback Plan, Leigh Stein

Leigh Stein’s hilarious debut novel may be slightly more Tiny Furniture than it is Girls — its fumbling narrator moves back in with her parents after college — but it’s still filled with that Dunham-snark and self-examination. Plus, as in Girls, you always have the feeling that things will eventually work out. As Stein told The Millions, “This is just a temporary blip in her life as an otherwise successful young woman, and I hope my novel resonates with those in a similar boat: not just the perennial ‘slackers’ out there, but the temporarily lost as well. Esther’s fantasies are just that: fantasies…for successful, ambitious people, there’s a dark fantasy to just throw in the towel, give up, and eat cereal.” We think we know some girls (and Girls) with that fantasy too.