The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

For more psychological struggle and women’s lives, try these…

Faces in the Water by Janet Frame for a unique insight into the mind of a woman in a New Zealand mental institution

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates for a depiction of suburban delusion and a couple’s bitter undoing

Novel about my Wife by Emily Perkins for a story of a man deciphering what went wrong with his wife, leaving compelling gaps for the reader

The Hours by Michael Cunningham for three women—connected by a novel—dealing with responsibility, disappointment, desire, and madness

This post was guest edited by writer Angela Meyer. Angela is the editor of The Great Unknown, a book of eerie Australian stories, and author of Captives, a book of flash fiction out in May.

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