Sunday, April 13, 2014

The seven best fictional depictions of female friendship

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Becky Ferreira tagged seven of the best fictional depictions of female friendship, including:
Clarissa Dalloway and Sally Seton in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

Though the main action of Virginia Woolf’s ruminative novel takes place after Clarissa and Sally have grown apart, the vivid descriptions of their youthful closeness merits their rounding out this list. Infatuated by her friend’s brash rebellion and rejection of the status quo, Clarissa fell in love with Sally, and even shared a thrilling kiss with her. But with their wilder days behind them, the sexual tension eased into a comfortable friendship, revisited in Woolf’s classic book.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Mrs. Dalloway also appears on Rebecca Jane Stokes's list of seven favorite fictional shopaholics, Suzette Field's top 10 list of literary party hosts, Jennie Rooney's top ten list of women travelers in fiction, John Mullan's list of ten of the best prime ministers in fiction, and among Michael Cunningham's 5 most important books, Dani Shapiro's 10 favorite books, and Kate Walbert's best books.

--Marshal Zeringue