Donna Levin’s New Novel ‘Talking Stick’ Heads Up a Good Season for Women’s Fiction

Spring and Summer is shaping up to be an exciting season for 2024 women’s fiction, with a host of anticipated releases on the horizon. Leading the pack is Donna Levin’s new novel, the witty and surprising Talking Stick, which marks her triumphant return to fiction several years after the overwhelming critical success (and solid commercial success) of her two previous novels There’s More Than One Way Home and He Could Be Another Bill Gates, which Chickadee Prince Books published.

A Great New Novel by a Veteran Writer

Talking Stick, a mashup of genres that even weaves in a bit of magical fantasy, tells the story of an early middle-aged woman, bereft after her husband leaves her for her best friend, starts a support group for women looking for new beginnings. The group includes three other women who, together, reexamine their pasts and explore their grief, addictions, parenting and marriages. The book is picking up great pre-publication buzz; Karen Joy Fowler, the PEN/Faulkner award winning author of The Jane Austen Book Club calls it a “thoroughly engaging, completely entertaining novel by the great Donna Levin,” and, in a review scheduled to coincide with the book’s publication, Oblivioni Magazine describes it as “hilarious, moving, transcendent, addictive and more than a little bit controversial.”

More Great 2024 Women’s Fiction on the Horizon

In addition to Levin’s work, readers can look forward to a diverse range of stories.

Late February will see the release of After Annie by Anna Quindlen (Random House), about a family recovering from the loss of their matriarch, while April features Christa Comes Out of Her Shell, by Abbi Waxman, about an antisocial female scientist whose life is turned upside down when the family patriarch turns out not to be dead (Berkley Books); The Only Black Girl in the Room, the debut novel by Alex Travis arrives in May from Alcove Press, about a Black reporter who finally gets her big break (but there’s a twist); and one of July’s most anticipated books is We Carry the Sea in Our Hands, by Janie Kim (Random House), about a Korean orphan in America, now grown, who seeks to discover her past.

This is just the tip of the iceberg! With such a wide array of narratives, this spring promises to be a great season for fans of women’s fiction.

By the way: men should read them too.

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