Betsy Robinson, author of funny literary stories about flawed people, is a perpetual seeker of truth.

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Notes from a Crusty Seeker

Best Funny Books about Difficult Women

November 17, 2015

Tags: fun, review

After publishing The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg, a funny novel about a 4'11", 237 pound woman with a habit of lying, burgling, and incinerating houses--a woman desperate to be seen and accepted for her talent and inner beauty--I became a little desperate to read funny novels about other difficult women. There are not a lot of them. But here's what I found.

Funny, well-written literary works with original voices, they are books with big fat arms and legs, irregularly shaped real-woman bodies ... and teeth. Enjoy.

A postscript: There is one more book I would have added to this list had I read it by the article's deadline--Eggshells by Caitriona Lally. Read my review on the link.

The article appears in the December/January 2016 issue of BUST magazine.

Query: For a possible follow-up article, I would love to hear about any other books that fall into the "funny literary fiction about difficult women" category. Specifically, well-written, well-edited, well-published funny fiction written in an original voice.

Although there are many examples of good comedy that is glib, slick, or trendily caustic, this is not what I'm looking for. I'm looking for literary fiction written today that will be good in any era. Stories about real, flawed, not necessarily likable grown-up women. You can suggest them in comments or email me at Thanks.


  1. December 10, 2015 2:39 PM EST
    My bc might be very interested to have you visit. I will check out the book and spread the word with the other ladies. We actually had Jamie Brenner come when I won copies of The Gin Lovers on Book Movement!
    - Maryann Gazzini
  2. December 10, 2015 2:58 PM EST
    I'd love to visit. By the way, the distributor of The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg has a special 30% off deal for book clubs:
    - Betsy Robinson

Selected Works

Big Moose Prize-winning novel
a funny, sometimes sad, story of negotiating life without a clue

New on Kindle--a funny book for foodies who are committed to self-change through self-awareness
an epistolary memoir ... sort of
A funny and moving little book for anyone who's had a mother or struggled with being human.
anthology of stories and plays
includes Darleen Dances and stories below

1-act play

short story
the problem with worrying about the future

true story
Why I don't believe in death.

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