Barbara Kingsolver Readalikes

Realistic women and their situations, solid well-thought-out plots, vivid Southern locations, and strong writing sum up Barbara Kingsolver’s novels. With only five novels to her name, she has accrued more notoriety, awards, and praise with critics and public alike than authors who have written hundreds of novels. If you enjoyed the strong female characters of Kingsolver’s novels, try the titles listed below. All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.


Agee, Jonis. The River Wife. 2007.
     Also available: CD

Allende, Isabel. Island Beneath the Sea. 2010.
     Also available: Large Type, eAudiobook

Atwood, Margaret. The Year of the Flood. 2009.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Berg, Elizabeth. Once Upon a Time, There Was You. 2011.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Bird, Sarah. The Gap Year. 2011.

Blume, Judy. Summer Sisters. 1998.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Colwin, Laurie. A Big Storm Knocked It Over. 1993.
     Also available: Large Type

Dallas, Sandra. The Bride’s House. 2011.
     Also available: Large Type

Gibbons, Kaye. The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster. 2006.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Gilchrist, Ellen. A Dangerous Age. 2008.
     Also available: Large Type

Godwin, Gail. Unfinished Desires. 2009.
     Also available: CD

Hamilton, Jane. Laura Rider’s Masterpiece. 2009.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Hoffman, Alice. The Red Garden. 2011.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook

Hood, Ann. The Red Thread. 2010.

Johnson, Diane. Le Divorce. 1997.

Lamb, Wally. The Hour I First Believed. 2008.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

Landvik, Lorna. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons. 2003.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Larkin, Alison. The English American. 2008.

Letts, Billie. Honk and Holler Opening Soon. 1998.
     Also available: eBook

Lipman, Elinor. The Family Man. 2009.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Mapson, Jo-Ann. Solomon’s Oak. 2010.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

McCorkle, Jill. Carolina Moon. 1996.

Miller, Sue. The Lake Shore Limited. 2010.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Munro, Alice. The Progress of Love. 1986.

Oates, Joyce Carol. A Fair Maiden. 2010.
     Also available: CD

Picoult, Jodi. Sing You Home. 2011.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, MP3

Sanders, Dori. Her Own Place. 1993.

Scotch, Alison Winn. The One That I Want. 2010.
     Also available: CD

Shields, Carol. Unless. 2002.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Shreve, Anita. Rescue. 2010.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, Digital Player

Simpson, Mona. My Hollywood. 2010.
     Also available: CD

Tyler, Anne. Digging to America. 2006.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook, Digital Player

Wells, Rebecca. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. 1996.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

Willard, Nancy. Sister Water. 1993.