Oh, Mildred Lathbury! Where have you gone?
August 23, 2007 10:44 PM Subscribe
Please recommend novels whose heroines are similar to the protagonist of Excellent Women
, by Barbara Pym?
posted by thehmsbeagle to Writing & Language (16 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
centers around a woman who is, by the standards of her post-WWII culture, teetering on the brink of spinsterhood. She's the kind of "excellent woman" who organizes church jumble sales, so those around her sometimes take her a little bit for granted. She's also practical, bright, has a lively sense of the ridiculous, and makes sharp (although usually silent) observations about what idiots people are being. She isn't flirtatious, but also isn't wandering around mourning her unmarried state.
I love her! I want there to be more of her! Alas, there is none.
A heroine who has many of the same qualities - to me - is Elizabeth in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
. But I've already read that.
Any ideas? I'll take all genres and dates of publication!