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Looking for any fiction books where the main female character has never married and where there is no romantic plotline for her in the book. Children/teens don't count. For the purposes of this list, I'm excluding nuns as well. Any fiction genre accepted.
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35 books · 15 voters · list created May 15th, 2016 by Christy (votes) .
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message 1: by Casey (new)

Casey @Teresa - Read your WHERE ARE ALL THE SINGLE LADIES IN FICTION? article on Book Riot today. I thought surely in all of my books I could find one that fit the criteria to add to this list, but no. I couldn't. Over 500 books on my read list and not one of them apply.
(the ones that came close were part of a series in which romance did play a large role in later books)
Thank you for pointing out the very large gap in my reading variety.


message 2: by Teresa (new)

Teresa Thanks, Casey! I was astonished at how hard it was to come up with 20, and so few that are new! Loving the recs people are providing though.


message 3: by Christy (new)

Christy Regarding An Unnecessary Woman, the Goodreads synopsis says that the main character is divorced. Is the synopsis correct? It's a book I want to read but I'm not sure it belongs on this list, which is looking for representations of never married women.


message 4: by Christy (new)

Christy So I asked to have An Unnecessary Woman removed from this list but I added it to a new list I created for books about single divorced protagonists who have no romantic plotline in the book:
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...


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