This list is a far from complete list of some of my favorites - they are warriors, scholars, mothers, daughters; they can be wildly in love and impressively practical; they are a little too perfect and incredibly flawed. Most of them have happy endings, some of them don't. In an nutshell - these are girls who act like girls should and must.
The title character of this haunting historical novel is Carrie McGavock, whose farmhouse was commandeered as a Confederate field hospital before the tragic battle at Franklin, Tennessee, in November 1864. That day, 9,000 soldiers perished.
Invisible Man: I read this one for an African American lit course during undergrad and remember it being a heartbreaking reflection of how blacks in America were almost invisible to society in some ways.
"The Cove: A Novel" by Ron Rash. Perfect Southern Gothic, a read I could not put down. Set during WWI on a tiny farm in South Carolina. The cove has been plagued by bad luck and superstition, but the arrival of a stranger in need spells hope for the farm's occupants. Laurel longs to leave her aching loneliness behind and step into a bright future with the stranger.
This was amazing. I don't know what made the difference between great expectations and A Tale of Two Cities but I loved this one. Maybe its the context of revolution that is so compelling, maybe it is the fact that we studied this in-depth in my A.P. English class but I am in love with this book. The symbolism, motifs and themes are so vivid and compelling. I love it. I want to read it again and get my own copy and annotate it.
There's only one thing Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor hates more than the threat of hosting Thanksgiving dinner (after all, how traditional is her family?), and that's trying to get through the Book of the Dead without going insane. Every time she's tried reading it, she just gets blindsided - until this time, when the devil strikes a bargain. She offers Betsy a chance to get through the cursed thing cover to cover and finally discover all its mysteries. There's just one teensy little catch.