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Do You Miss Fleabag? Here Are 5 Books to Read Now that You’ve Finished the Show!

by  | August 26

If you’ve been involved in any conversation about Peak TV in the last few months, there’s a solid chance you’ve talked about Fleabag. Originally a one-woman play by the LEGENDARY Phoebe Waller-Bridge (see our previous post about her genius on Killing Eve), the show centers around Fleabag, a 30-something woman dealing with a family in constant turmoil; a dead best friend; a love of sex; and, oh yeah, she’s also trying to figure out who the hell she is and what to do with her life amid all that drama.

A friend of mine made the mistake of bingeing the entire series in one day. Two seasons of six 22-minute episodes each? What’s the problem? Here’s the thing: Fleabag draws you in with the promise of excellent writing, comedy, drama, etc. But then when you least suspect it, it hits you with an existential feelings punch that you never saw coming. I found myself sobbing during much of Season 2 as Fleabag came face-to-face with the person she was, is, and wishes to be.

Now that you’ve finished the show, you’re probably looking for more stories to fill that Fleabag-shaped hole in your heart, so check out these 5 titles!

Fleabag

Fleabag

by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

This one is fairly self-explanatory. Love the show? Read the play it’s based on. Waller-Bridge premiered her one-woman show in 2013 and followed up its wildly successful and award-winning run with the premiere of the televised version in the UK in 2016.

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Queenie

Queenie

by Candice Carty-Williams

I don’t know about you, but there are days when I wonder just who actually let me become an adult. And on that, Queenie, Fleabag, and I agree. Throughout this book, we follow Queenie as she tackles many of the same issues that Fleabag faces, including questionable rebound dating choices and maneuvering within a complex family dynamic. Queenie also dives into coming to terms with mental illness in a way that feels approachable and real. This book will stay with you in ways similar to Fleabag.

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Three Women

Three Women

by Lisa Taddeo

Fleabag loves sex. She thinks about it all the time, and that’s incredibly refreshing to see. Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women is a nonfiction masterpiece based on her decade of chronicling three women’s experiences with desire, longing, and sex. Both Fleabag and Three Women unapologetically shine light on a subject that is so often only whispered about in public, and they do it with a humor and honesty that is unmatched.

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Vacuum in the Dark

Vacuum in the Dark

by Jen Beagin

At its core, Fleabag is a story about self-discovery. It’s a messy and dramatic story of self-discovery, but isn’t that something we can all relate to? In Vacuum in the Dark, we meet Mona, a twenty-six year-old woman who cleans houses in New Mexico. She moved there because of a bad boyfriend, got rid of that guy—and found herself with yet another bad boyfriend who happens to be married to one of her clients. As Mona struggles to get over her affair, she embarks on a wild journey of self that reminds her what it’s like to have a sense of home.

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor and Fleabag are perfectly fine, thank you very much. These two have so much in common it’s almost scary. Socially awkward? Check. Says whatever’s on their mind? Check. People think they’re strange? Check. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine with being completely fine with her mundane and unfulfilling life, until everything changes when she meets Raymond. Together, the two save an elderly man who falls on the sidewalk, and the event binds the three of them. Through her relationship with Raymond, Eleanor begins her own journey of self-discovery to help her repair her damaged heart.

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Nicole Sam contains multitudes. She is a huge fan of graphic novels, SFF stories, and reality TV. When she isn’t at the office, you can find her attending cons around the country to experience her favorite fandoms IRL.