I am a sucker for a good historical novel with a female protagonist; therefore, Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent immediately captivated me.
So while the novel was in a basic sense a "quest" or "adventure" tale: girl sets out into the unknown to find out why her boyfriend disappeared, it truly became a tale about violence, community, selfishness, materialism, and ultimately, the resilience of one woman.
Did you walk out of Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot and want to know everything about Gal Gadot? .... Also everything about the Amazons?
Zambrano deals deftly with Mexican-American identity and a young girl's relationship with religion
Female friendship, cold war tensions and a mysterious death form the backbone of Elliott Holt's debut novel, You Are One of Them.