Stories Starring Quirky Women by Emily Austin


[Note from Frolic: We’re so excited to welcome author Emily Austin to the site today. She’s talking all things quirky heroines. Take it away, Emily!]

If you are looking for content that showcases peculiar women with unorthodox traits, then you have come to the right list.

Killing Eve

T.V. Series

What is quirkier than being an assassin? Maybe having a big lesbian crush on one? Killing Eve is about a detective (Sandra Oh) and a psychopathic killer (Jodie Comer). If you are into mystery, Europe, lesbians, perilous crushes, and fashion—then get your corn popped. This show is for you.

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Eileen is a neurotic, dark, self-loathing, dirty, unstable person. She is her alcoholic father’s caretaker, and the secretary at a boys’ prison. She meets a woman at work named Rebecca who she is absolutely charmed by. Her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into a crime.

Eileen is atrocious, and you will not forget her.


T.V. Series

This award-winning series is about a dry-witted woman, known only as Fleabag, as she navigates her life in London while trying to cope with tragedy.

Fleabag, the woman, is hilarious, heartbreaking, and an absolute delight.

Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier

This is a book about an eighteen-year-old pregnant girl who is working as a pizza delivery person in suburban Los Angeles. She is lost, grieving, and obsessed with a woman who keeps ordering pickles on pizza.

This is a fantastic read about a unique character with a brilliant voice.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 

Is crippling depression quirky? Probably not, no. Was being a woman in the 1950s who struggled with the idea of marriage, virginity, and feminine roles quirky? Apparently, though I’m sure a lot of women hid their struggles… Anyways, Esther is the star of this story, and what a star. She is an unconventional person trapped in a society that expects her to be something she is not.

This is a modern classic because of the wry, poetic, observant, troubled, and talented woman it revolves around. It is worth reading and re-reading.

About the Author:

Emily Austin is a Canadian writer. Her debut novel Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead will be released on July 6, 2021.

Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin, out now!

Gilda, a twenty-something, atheist, animal-loving lesbian, cannot stop ruminating about death. Desperate for relief from her panicky mind and alienated from her repressive family, she responds to a flyer for free therapy at a local Catholic church, and finds herself being greeted by Father Jeff, who assumes she’s there for a job interview. Too embarrassed to correct him, Gilda is abruptly hired to replace the recently deceased receptionist Grace.

In between trying to memorize the lines to Catholic mass, hiding the fact that she has a new girlfriend, and erecting a dirty dish tower in her crumbling apartment, Gilda strikes up an email correspondence with Grace’s old friend. She can’t bear to ignore the kindly old woman, who has been trying to reach her friend through the church inbox, but she also can’t bring herself to break the bad news. Desperate, she begins impersonating Grace via email. But when the police discover suspicious circumstances surrounding Grace’s death, Gilda may have to finally reveal the truth of her mortifying existence.

A delightful blend of warmth, deadpan humor, and pitch-perfect observations about the human condition, Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead is a crackling exploration of what it takes to stay afloat in a world where your expiration—and the expiration of those you love—is the only certainty.

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