Maddie Crum Books and Culture Writer, The Huffington Post
Lila from The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
By the time she’s reached middle age, Lila — one of the women that comprises the very real, complicated friendship that Ferrante’s series centers on — has been married, divorced, and partnered up again. But none of these romantic pursuits have colored her principles, or her ambitious career pursuits. She may be stubborn and competitive, but she’s unabashedly herself.