The top 10 women’s fiction from the last 12 months (reviewed in Booklist between March 1, 2015, and February 15, 2016) cover the spectrum, from romantic chick lit to more than one literary title. These novels deliver something for just about every women’s-fiction fan.
The Story of the Lost Child. By Elena Ferrante. Tr. by Ann Goldstein. 2015. Europa, $18 (9781609452865).
The fourth and final volume of Ferrante’s Neapolitan series finds Elena pursuing love and her writing career with passionate fury in the late 1970s. She moves into her best friend Lila’s building, and the two begin a period of calm stability, uncommon in their decades-long friendship.