11 Books You'll Want To Marathon-Read After Watching 'Fleabag'
By Kerri Jarema
You can't log on to Twitter these days without seeing someone talking about the Amazon Original series Fleabag. The show (which first premiered in the U.K.) follows the dry-witted Fleabag, a young British woman attempting to navigate modern life in London while trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy. Played by the show's creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag is sexually liberated, irritable at the state of the world, awkward, and unsure — like so very many of the women I know and love. The show is a funny, heartbreaking, complicated take on the experiences of modern womanhood, as well as an honest and inventive story about coping with grief, battling loneliness, and refusing to succumb to either.
Like Fleabag, the 11 books below explore one or more of the following: women's sexuality, sisterhood and female friendship, life after trauma, forbidden romance, urban alienation, and disaffected adulthood. And all straddle the line between laugh-out-loud and deeply affecting dark humor, bringing the raw experiences of modern womanhood to light. Whether you've already marathoned the show's two seasons or are just getting acquainted Fleabag's unique brand of off-beat humor now, you're sure to find a handful of new books with similar themes to add to your growing summer reading list: