12 Unforgettable Female Friendships in Literature

Celebrate the unsung heroine of books: friendship.

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The Group

The Group

By Mary McCarthy

My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend

By Elena Ferrante

The Color Purple

The Color Purple

By Alice Walker

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Cranford

Cranford

By Elizabeth Gaskell

Women in Love

Women in Love

By D. H. Lawrence

Little Women

Little Women

By Louisa May Alcott

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

By Zora Neale Hurston

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Swing Time

By Zadie Smith

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

By Khaled Hosseini

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

By Lisa See

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Waiting to Exhale

By Terry McMillan

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The Secret Life of Bees

By Sue Monk Kidd