4 Laugh Out Loud Domestic Fiction Novels

Posted on September 3, 2018

by April S

Welcome to our funny fiction series. We’re highlighting a variety of appeal factors or elements of humorous fiction to help our readers find that next great read (and hopefully a few laughs along the way). The books featured in this blog post fall under the genre domestic fiction and humorous or funny fiction.

What is Domestic Fiction?

The domestic fiction genre surfaced in the nineteenth century or 1800s. According to Washington State University, one of the first domestic fiction novels was Catharine Sedgwick’s “New England Tale” – published in 1822. During the height of the genre’s popularity in the mid-1800s it was often referred to as sentimental fiction or women’s fiction. Why? According to Encyclopedia.com, this “body of popular narrative literature was primarily written by, for and about women.”

Over the years, like most things, the domestic fiction genre has adapted to modern times since it surfaced some 200+ years ago. Currently, Novelist defines domestic fiction as a genre that focuses on family relationships – “whether functional or dysfunctional.” And I’m sure the term domestic, in relation to this specific genre, will be changed at some point as well. After all, it is the year 2018, times have changed quite a bit, and continue to change – hopefully for the better.

If you would like to learn more about popular fiction genres, check out this handy guide from Novelist:

NoveList Genres: A Guide to Book Discovery

The humorous stories featured below are not just funny, these stories are designed to make the reader laugh. You may also like the read-alikes listed below each main title, because they share similar appeal factors.

Domestic Fiction / Humorous Stories

1. Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Fans of Maria Semple’s “Where’d You Go Bernadette” and and Celeste Ng’s “Everything I Never Told You” will delight in Annie Hartnetts’s debut, “Rabbit Cake,” a darkly comic novel about a young girl named Elvis trying to figure out her place in a world without her mother.

Amazon: 4.6* | Goodreads: 4*

  • Characters: Quirky
  • Subject: Family secrets
  • Tone: Amusing, upbeat

If you enjoyed Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett, you may also like:

Edgar and Lucy a novel by Victor Lodato
The Clay Girl by Heather Tucker
One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
The book of Polly : [a novel] / Kathy Hepinstall

2. Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Be frank with me : [a novel] / Julia Claiborne Johnson

Hired to assist a famed reclusive writer trying to recapture her lost fortunes by completing a new manuscript, Alice Whitley becomes obsessed with identifying the paternity of her employer’s precocious young son.

Amazon: 4.4* | Goodreads: 3.89*

  • Characters: Quirky, likable
  • Storyline: Character-driven
  • Subject: Eccentric families
  • Tone: Amusing, moving
  • Writing style: Engaging

If you enjoyed Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson, you may also like:

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman
My grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry : a novel / Fredrik Backman ; [translated from the Swedish by Henning Koch]
The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson
Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey
The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

3. Family and Other Catastrophes by Alexandra Borowitz

Family & other catastrophes / Alexandra Borowitz

Struggling with hypochondria and OCD stemming from her neurotic and drama-prone family, Emily reconnects with her parents and siblings throughout the week before her wedding, an event shaped by relationship dynamics, shared confidences and long-buried secrets. Also available in eAudio from hoopla.

Amazon: 4.2* | Goodreads: 3.42*

  • Characters: Quirky, flawed
  • Subject: Eccentric families
  • Writing style: Witty

If you enjoyed Family and Other Catastophes by Alexandra Borowitz, you may also like:

A Lady's Guide to Selling Out : A Novel by Sally Franson
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder
Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

4. Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan

Confessions of a domestic failure : [a novel] / Bunmi Laditan

After leaving her career to become a stay-at-home-mom, Ashley Keller tries to improve her parenting skills by joining a boot camp called “Motherhood Better” run by her idol, the head of a Pinterest-perfect mommy blog empire, to hilariously awkward results. Also available in eAudio from hoopla.

Amazon: 4.7* | Goodreads: 3.68*

  • Subject: Motherhood
  • Tone: Funny
  • Writing style: Engaging

If you enjoyed Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan, you may also like:

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Word by Kimberly Harrington
Furiously happy : a funny book about horrible things / Jenny Lawson
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine / Gail Honeyman
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

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