Barren Ground – Ellen Glasgow

A novel about a woman in turn-of-the-century Virginia who, after being jilted by her neighbor, must discover another means of making her life a success. 1925.

Love – Elizabeth von Arnim

A novel about a younger man who pursues an older widow, much to the chagrin of their friends, family, and society in general. 1925.

The Constant Nymph – Margaret Kennedy

A novel about a circle of bohemian adults and children in the months following the death of their father and mentor, a brilliant but little-known English composer. 1924.

Hannah Bye – Harrison S. Morris

A novel about a young Quaker woman whose best friend is led astray when a traveling salesman visits the community. 1920.

The Wind of Complication – Susan Ertz

A collection of short stories featuring themes of quiet domesticity and strong female characters, sprinkled throughout with love, humor, and early 20th century spiritualism. 1924.

Cimarron – Edna Ferber

A novel about the early settlers of the Oklahoma territory, focusing in particular on an adventure-seeking lawyer/newspaper man, as well as his wife who molds the rugged land into a home. 1929.

After Noon – Susan Ertz

A novel about a man who, as a single parent, must reconcile himself to his daughters growing up and his own life becoming full again. 1926.

The Heir: A Love Story – Vita Sackville-West

A novella about a man who, upon inheriting an estate from a distant relative, decides he should sell the place, but as the date of the auction approaches he finds himself reluctant to let it go. 1922.