Spring is in the air, and with it comes some extraordinary works of fiction, about women, by women, and perfect for you…

Curtis Sittenfeld has a knack for making the everyday and mundane fascinating, and it’s a talent she makes good use of in her new short story collection, You Think It, I’ll Say It (Doubleday, May 3rd). The author of Prep and Eligible, Sittenfeld zeroes in on the awkward, unpleasant or unexpected situations we find ourselves in, from the honeymooner stuck in a luxury resort with a high school frenemy, to the celebrity interviewer dealing with childcare issues, or the Hillary Clinton voter who finds herself in a delicate situation with a Trump-supporting taxi driver. Each story is by equal measure funny, bittersweet and captivating; my favourite was her imagining of a female presidential candidate’s relationship with a journalist (Sittenfeld having successfully fictionalised Laura Bush’s life in American Wife), but there’s undoubtedly something here for every taste.

Staying with the literary examination of women in American politics, Amy Bloom’s White Houses (Granta, out now) explores the life of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and specifically her rumoured affair with journalist and later administration staffer Lorena Hicock Although historians debate the extent of this, in Bloom’s retelling it is a full blown love affair; a passionate meeting of minds foiled by the period and by Eleanor’s public position. Accuracy aside, this is a beautiful written, moving account of two soulmates coming together and falling apart.

Elizabeth B Church’s All the Beautiful Girls (4th Estate) is also a historical novel, this time starting in 1950s Kansas when Lily Decker is tragically orphaned, then sent to live with an aunt and uncle who should never have been parents. Lily, an imaginative and talented child, flees at the first moment she can and builds a life as a showgirl in Las Vegas. Calamity, however, is never far behind. Frothy and overdone at times, the book nonetheless races along; Church brings to life the seedy glamour of Lily’s working life and creates a character who you can’t help but champion.

In Social Creature (Raven, 14th June), Tara Isabella Burton also turns her attention to the truth behind the glittering façade, introducing us to troubled socialite Lavinia, a queen of social media and the centre of a crowd of pretentious young New Yorkers in the Chuck Bass mould. Our route into this world is Louise, who hails from the wrong side of the tracks and yet manages to ingratiate herself into Lavinia’s charmed life. Early on we discover that Lavinia is going to die soon; the question is why, and what does Louise have to do with it? Thrillingly paced, offering an unsettling commentary on how we connect with each other in the digital age, this is a book for devouring in one sitting.

Finally, Leni Zumas’ The Red Clocks (The BoroughPress) is dystopian fiction for the Trump era; less far-fetched than The Handmaid’s Tale but equally terrifying, it offers an America in which foetuses have rights, abortion is illegal and the Canadian border is a potential flashpoint. Zumas follows the fate of four characters – the biographer, the wife, the daughter and the mender – and offers a chilling reminder of the necessity of the battles of feminism.