50 Excellent Novels by Female Writers Under 50 That Everyone Should Read

It’s pretty much been settled that everyone should read more books by women. But when looking for recommendations, it’s often all Woolf, Morrison, Lessing, Austen, Brontë. Of course, these are essential authors for a reason, and you should definitely read all of their books. That said, there’s something to catching a writer at the beginning of her career and following her for years that is supremely satisfying — not to mention the fact that young female writers need readers rather more than Jane Austen does. So in an effort to get you in on the ground floor (or at least, like, the third floor), after the jump you’ll find a compendium of 50 novels written by 50 female novelists under 50 that are worth your time. But these aren’t the only 50 books that fit this description! Read through and add on as you will in the comments.


Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyeyemi

Welp, you’re probably not surprised to see Oyeyemi on this list — if you’re a regular reader of Flavorwire, you’ll know that everyone here pretty much loves her. This novel, her latest, is a modern retelling of Snow White where the stepmother is de-villainized and borders of many other kinds are blurred to boot. Oyeyemi is also only 29, which means that you should only read her if you’re ready to start a lifetime relationship with a writer of gorgeous, gymnastic, fairy tale-infused fiction. Which you are.