8 Listens from Women Writers Around the World

There is an astounding number of stellar fiction writers out there, many of whom are women. We’ve selected eight audiobooks from female writers around the world whose stories will entertain you, intrigue you, and move you.

The Broken Girls

Canadian author Simone St. James gives us this bone-chilling novel about a haunted boarding school for delinquent girls called Idlewild Hall. Almost sixty-five years after her sister’s mysterious death at Idlewild, journalist Fiona Sheridan’s inability to let go of this tragedy leads her to write a story about it. However, she soon finds out that some secrets are meant to stay hidden.
Listen to an excerpt The Broken Girls

Fever Dream

Chosen as one of the best Spanish writers under 35 by Granta, Samantha Schweblin’s dazzling first novel tells the haunting tale of Amanda, a young woman who lies dying in a rural hospital clinic, who finds a boy named David sitting beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child. Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world.
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Half of a Yellow Sun

Through the eyes five unforgettable characters, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s.
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In Falling Snow

This was bestselling Australian author Mary-Rose MacColl’s American debut. In this heart-wrenching tale of World War I, a young nurse’s journey to France ultimately leads her to Dr. Frances Ivens, her first love, who convinces her to establish a field hospital run entirely by women—a decision that changes her life and the role of women in medicine.
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The Inheritance of Loss
Author: Kiran Desai
Read By: Meera Simhan

Winner of the Man Booker Prize, Kiran Desai’s brilliant novel is a story of joy and despair. In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas, an embittered judge’s singular desire to retire in peace is interrupted when his orphaned granddaughter arrives on his doorstep.
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Song of a Captive Bird

Inspired by the verse, letters, films, and interviews of Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad, Jasmin Darznik’s debut novel beautifully illustrates the birth of feminism in Iran through the bravery of this trailblazing woman, who defied society’s expectations to find her voice and her destiny.
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Swing Time

British author Zadie Smith’s most recent novel was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. In it, we meet Tracey and Aimee, two girls who start off as young friends from the same run-down estate in London, but end up as surprising adversaries as adults.
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The Vegetarian
Author: Han Kang
Read By: Janet Song and Stephen Park

Another Man Book Prize winner, Korean writer Han Kang’s novel is about a rebellious choice one woman makes and how her husband and in-laws react. Darkly allegorical, it’s a Kafka-esque tale of power and obsession.
Listen to an excerpt The Vegetarian