12 Unforgettable Female Friendships in Literature

Celebrate the unsung heroine of books: friendship.

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Buy My Brilliant Friend at Amazon

My Brilliant Friend

By Elena Ferrante

Buy The Color Purple at Amazon

The Color Purple

By Alice Walker

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  • Still from The Color Purple (1985)

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Buy Cranford at Amazon

Cranford

By Elizabeth Gaskell

Buy Women in Love at Amazon

Women in Love

By D. H. Lawrence

Buy Little Women at Amazon

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