TWomen’s experiences throughout the ages have many threads in common, but heroines of different ages are indelibly marked by their time. Esther from The Bell Jar, for example, is a product of the “silent generationAnd their struggles would be hard to imagine in any other era.
Millennial heroines have echoes of the history of Esther and other characters born before them; however, they also embody their own distinct experiences. They range from apologists for serial killers to office drones trying to survive an infestation, pregnant pizza delivery girls, and receptionists for atheist and lesbian churches.
In my novel Everyone in this room will one day be dead A morbidly anxious millennial heroine named Gilda stumbles upon a job at a Catholic church. There he hides his identity and becomes obsessed with the mysterious death of his predecessor.
When researching the traits that millennials represent, it was difficult to find results that did not present them in the context of work. Our characteristics seem to be defined by how we are as employees, which says a lot. Like many millennial heroines, Gilda struggles to work. This is not because I am lazy or entitled, but because it is difficult to wake up in the morning and go to work when you are mentally ill, very aware of things like climate change and you are worried that somehow everyone those around you are simultaneously both. insignificant and incredibly important. Despite being deeply anxious and depressed, Gilda is hopeful. She cares deeply for those around her and if given the chance, she would care for each of the brilliant heroines listed below.
1. Reese’s Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
Reese has always wanted to be a mother, but that is difficult because she is trans and because her longtime girlfriend Amy, also trans, has detransitioned. Now they have separated and Amy lives as a man named Ames. Ames has slept with his boss, Katrina, and Katrina is accidentally pregnant. Now faced with fatherhood, a component of life as a man that is especially incompatible with Ames’s true self, Ames reconnects with Reese to propose that he help the fathers. Reese stands out as a clever and complex millennial heroine in a insightful, intelligent, and moving story.
2. Jean Kyoung Frazier’s Pizza Girl
The heroine here is 18 years old, pregnant, in mourning and in love with the single mother to whom she delivers pizza. This is a character study about a relatable, funny, and troubled storyteller. It is a coming-of-age story that focuses on pain and trauma. And order pickles on pizza.
3. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Queenie is a 25-year-old British Jamaican woman who is caught between two cultures, dealing with professional struggles and trying to overcome trauma. He works for a national newspaper where he is constantly reminded of his cultural difference. She is struggling with her sanity, dealing with a toxic breakup, and dealing with unhealthy ways. His story is funny and heartbreaking.
4. Korede from My sister, the serial killer of Oyinkan Braithwaite
Korede’s sister is a beautiful sociopathic killer who Korede is always cleaning up. She has murdered three of her boyfriends and now has her eyes set on dating a doctor Korede works with and is in love with. Korede is a devoted sister and a flawed heroine. This is a clever and darkly funny thriller.
5. Edie from Raven Leilani Luster
Edie is a 23-year-old black woman who lost her job as an editorial assistant in New York. Unemployed, she moves in with her adulterous older white boyfriend in New Jersey. He lives with him, his wife, and their black adopted daughter, Akila. She becomes an ally to her boyfriend’s pragmatic wife and a role model for their intelligent daughter. Edie is a sexually charged, lonely, perceptive, and comical character. Hers is a story about a millennial heroine who gives meaning to her life.
6. Ruth of Goodbye, Rachel Khong Vitamin
Ruth is 30 years old. She just finished her engagement and quit her job to help care for her father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Like many heroines of the millennium, Ruth is a resourceful and imperfect woman at a crossroads. He is a sweet, well-intentioned character with a unique and memorable voice.
7. Candace from Dismissal by Ling Ma
This story follows Candace Chen after the social collapse caused by a pandemic. Candace works like an office drone and is so caught up in her daily routines that, at first, she barely notices the plague. She represents a remarkable millennial experience under late capitalism, and her story carefully reflects on issues such as immigration, gender, and race.
8. Helen from Sorry to disturb the peace of Patty Yumi Cottrell
Helen has returned home after the suicide of her adoptive brother. Your goal is to get to the bottom of why someone would choose to die. She is angry, eccentric, and unreliable (as a storyteller and as a person). She is also fun and human and, like many millennials, she is haunted by very dark concerns.
9. Wendy Reimer from Casey Plett’s Little Fish
Wendy is a 30-year-old trans woman who discovers that her late grandfather, a devout Mennonite, may also have been trans. She is in a dark period of her life: struggling, feeling stagnant and unhappy. She is drawn to unraveling the truth of this mystery. She is a hopeful, down to earth, and understanding millennial heroine.
10. Marianne from Sally Rooney Normal People
A list of millennial heroines would be incomplete without mentioning at least one of Rooney’s. This is a story about Marianne and Connell, who are navigating their relationship within shifting social hierarchies. They hide their relationship at school when Marianne is seen as unappealing and shy, but later gains greater status and pularity. Connell starts out in high regard, but then struggles to fit in. This is a clever story about human connection and class, and Marianne is a perfect millennial heroine for anyone wondering why she can’t be a normal person.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism