For Galentine’s Day I reached out to the amazing ladies in my life for some female friendship literature! Here were their suggestions:
Jen (the childhood friend): Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Catalog summary: “Catherine Morland meets all the trappings of Gothic horror and imagines the worst. Disaster does eventually strike, as it does in the real world as distinct from the romantic one, but without spoiling the wonderful atmosphere of this story.”
While it has a toxic friendship it also has a healthy one. It’s heavy on the satire, so the reader knows Isabella is a user and a fake basically the whole time (even though Catherine doesn’t). Then Miss Tilney is actually a sweet, kind friend whose friendship grows more gradually and less dramatically, like most real friendships. Catherine is also SUPER young, only 17, so it captures the angsty drama of infatuation friendships: Talking EVERY day about EVERY thing, mutual obsessions, crushes…a bit of weird cattiness, but it helps her grow up which is what this few months of her life is really about.
Debbie (the cousin): Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Catalog summary: “For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, and pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back–almost as if by magic…”
The girls will have your back when you need to bury a guy in the backyard when you accidentally poison him, because he’s a jerk. It’s an all-time fave!
Camille (the best friend): Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
Catalog summary: “Gathering for their weekly knitting club at a small yarn shop on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a group of friends shares such challenges as raising children, navigating the ups and downs of their careers, and pursuing uncertain relationships.”
It’s the first in a series and I’ve only read the first one but as I recall it was really touching and I don’t remember anyone betraying anyone else.
For more recommended reading check out our Galentine’s Day Book List!
~ posted by Kara P.