I hate being pigeonholed. I have always been called a women’s author, but 49% of my fan mail comes from male fans, and I think you can legitimately label my novels as legal thrillers, mysteries, romances, or plain old fiction. I think you can consider my books literary, because they make you think, or commercial, because they are a compelling read. Marketing departments like to label authors with just one tag, so that they know how to promote a book, but I think the best books straddle genres and attract a variety of readers. I’d like to think this is one reason my books appeal to people – because I give them something different every time.
First things first
If you are a fan of Jodi Picoult, you likely already know which are her best, and where to start. But if you’ve stumbled on this post having heard of Picoult but not having read (m)any of her books, I’ll give you a starting point!
Hannah also “straddles genres” as Picoult would say. When asked about her books, Hannah said that she “blend[s] a lot of elements from popular genres into [her] work because [she] love[s] reading so many kinds of fiction.” Just like Picoult, you could pick up one of her books and find yourself immersed in the past, or maybe a legal thriller, or maybe a story of family. No matter what though, you are promised a good page-turner!
Chamberlain focuses on the relationships between people which emerge, and become tested through the difficulties of life. These difficulties are in the same range as the themes Picoult writes about—tragedy, loss, family, mystery. Her books will stir emotions and keep you turning the pages!
Gudenkauf’s books generally revolve around a crime or tragedy of some kind. From there, the characters that people her books each come to terms with it in their own way. I love her books because not only do I get a good mystery, I get to connect with the characters on an emotional level, and there is so such character growth! Gudenkauf often uses multiple perspectives to layer her stories. Picoult does this often, too!
Christina Baker Kline
Moriarty writes about many things but her themes often come back to family. She is witty and humorous while tackling larger subjects. Her website describes her novels as, “often funny, sometimes sad, stories about families and relationships and the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.” That sounds like a pretty apt, and interesting, descriptions of her work.
Green is probably my favourite author of Women’s Fiction. Her books focus on a female protagonist and their growth in the wake of challenging circumstances.
This is the only novel I have read by Jackson, but I quite enjoyed it and its ability to generate important discussions. I don’t know much about Jackson’s other works, but many of them sound intriguing and are on my TBR. I think that if you like Picoult, you might like this novel as well!