Barren Ground – Ellen Glasgow

Barren Ground ALBA 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. Continue reading

The Uninvited – Dorothy Macardle

The Uninvited ALBA gothic novel about a grown brother and sister who move into their dream house on the cliffs of Devonshire, in spite of warnings that the house is haunted by its previous occupants. 1941. Continue reading

Love – Elizabeth von Arnim

Love ALB

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

Blake’s Reach – Catherine Gaskin

Blake's Reach ALB

A Regency historical novel about a young woman who sets out to restore her family’s crumbling coastal estate, and in the process must throw her lot in with smugglers. 1958. Continue reading

The Vet’s Daughter – Barbara Comyns

The Vet's Daughter ALB

A novel about a young woman who has a desperately ill mother, a violent father, and yet in the midst of never-ending hardship possesses a secret of her own. 1959. Continue reading

Come Out of the Kitchen! – Alice Duer Miller

Come Out of the Kitchen! ALB

A novel about a man who rents a house for the season and keeps having problems with the servants, especially the particularly pretty cook. 1916. Continue reading

The Brontes Went to Woolworths – Rachel Ferguson

The Brontes Went To Woolworths ALB

A short novel about a family of girls who, though beyond the usual age for make-believe, happily live in a world populated by their collective imaginings. 1931. Continue reading

Hannah Bye – Harrison S. Morris

Hannah Bye ALB

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

Wish Her Safe at Home – Stephen Benatar

First published in 1984; reissued by the NYRB in 2010

A novel about a middle-aged woman who inherits a house and is thrilled by the prospect of a new life, but somehow lets her enthusiasm carry her a bit too far. 1984. Continue reading