It’s true that some male authors write the best divorce fiction. But is it real enough? Do women characters end up on the type of personal journey that we, as women readers, would prefer to follow after, hoping for their best. This list of contemporary divorce novels is written by women for women, hence women’s fiction.
The slideshow below presents several novels in the divorce genre. Some are to inspire the new journey. Some inspire us to be able to laugh at ourselves. How else to get through the hardest times in life than to reclaim our sense of humor. Some are a spiritual exploration in divorce.
Divorce fiction with a spiritual bent? Yes, divorce spiritually speaking, can be a peaceful, mature, life-enhancing growth experience for both partners. Many of the books represented here are inclined to a more mature divorce of the marriage while the female character finds a path that brings her closer to her center in life.
Dozens of Divorce Fiction Novels Is the Goal
The list for most novels is below, along with mini-blurbs.
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Dune Road – Jane Green. Kit is a new divorce from a life of luxury to a life of mystery. Character over forty.
Husbands May Come and Go But Friends Are Forever – Judith Marshall. A boisterous novel of multiple marriages. Feisty women facing divorce with friends on hand. Characters over forty.
A Breath Floats By – Essa Adams. A gentle love story with entangled romance where they must be brutally honest before it is too late. After all, what would you do if you married your best friend’s soul mate? Characters over forty.
Young Balboas – George C. King. Where does one go after a dissolved marriage? Can love stand after decades? Character over forty.
Time Is A River – Mary Alice Monroe. Mia must face the dissolution of marriage when she is too weak from cancer treatments to think. A mystery and divorce fiction panorama.
Tara Road – Maeve Binchy. True to life relationships, true to life broken hearts, true to life cheaters.
Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman – Elizabeth Buchan. When life sends tornadoes. From divorce to a lost job to an ill parent, Rose is thrown into depression and must come back. Character over forty.
The Pull of the Moon – Elizabeth Berg. Coming of age divorce fiction for Nan, over fifty. A mind exploring novel that women might dream they could accomplish in their search for their bliss. Character over forty.
The Season of Second Chances – Diane Meier. Joy divorced years ago then knuckled down to the motions of life. Now she finds she needs to get involved. Character over forty.
Open House – Elizabeth Berg. Divorce that turns Samantha’s world upside down and finances into a huge struggle.
The Scenic Route – Binnie Kirshenbaum. A reality check on the facts of divorce and the woman-next-door’s true self, meaning a unique novel. Character over forty.
Thursdays At Eight – Debbie Macomber. Clare is the divorcee struggling with letting go and finding her due respect from loved ones. Characters over forty.
The Things We Do for Love – Kristin Hannah. When the loss of a child and hope for a family end in divorce for Angela, she turns to her family. Character nearly forty.
All We Ever Wanted Was Everything – Janelle Brown. Janice and her husband finally get everything they wanted and it all falls down. Character over forty.
Lily In Bloom– Margaret Cunningham. Lily deals with a garden to restore and an ancient mausoleum, but the twist is the ghost. Character over forty.
Happens Every Day – Isabel Gillies. Divorce memoir of a woman who befriended the woman who ran off with her husband. Character over forty.
First Wives Club – Olivia Goldsmith. A pack of divorced women figure out how to redeem their self respect and support divorced women. Characters over forty.
The Divorce Party – Laura Dave. When marriage ends with a party, things get interesting for Gwyn. Character over forty.
Recipes for A Perfect Marriage – Morag Prunty. Tressa married then realized she did not know what star she had just hooked her wagon to and struggles with knowing this new person. Character nearly forty.
Little Bitty Lies – Mary Kay Andrews. Mary supports her friend Katharine through divorce challenges, though not noticing her own marriage is imminently over. Characters over forty.
Up Island – Anne Rivers Siddons. Molly’s life has been a care-taking world of beauty, then her husband takes on another woman who fills Molly’s shoes in too many ways to endure. Character over forty.
The Stepmother – Carrie Adams. In this divorce fiction novel, the ex-wife is broken-hearted and leaning on the wife, Tessa, who is really not the main focus. A novel wherethe ex takes it all over and over again. Character over forty.
DIVORCE FICTION LINKS FOR AMAZON IN SLIDESHOW ABOVE.