This master thesis “Falling into Place: Representations of Female Empowerment in Selected Novels by Cristina García” aims at analyzing the question of positioning the female self within patriarchal power structures that are inherent in the social episteme in Cristina Garcías novels Monkey Hunting and The Agüero Sisters, paying attention to the question of identity with regards to constructed home-places and the depiction of free, independent, and not oppressed bodies as representations of empowerment. Place, in this analysis, is a social and individual construction that is on the one hand geographically and historically determined, but emotionally framed and individually chosen in order to become a home. The question of home is seen as multiple, versatile, and independent of geography. In order to define empowerment, place and transgressions are distinctive factors that are manifest in the constant negotiations of the womens positions within a broader context of societal structures. The thesis is divided into two main parts, the first part focusing on the overcoming of the ‘uncanny feeling of not-at-homeness at a certain place, analyzed by taking into consideration Heiderggers, Bhabhas and Freuds theoretical framework. The second part of the thesis aims at investigating the concept of the body in terms of negotiating the familiar, unfamiliar, once familiar, and new, using the aspect of fluidity as explicated by Maierhofer and Massey, mainly. The body is foregrounded as the place of (un-)familiarities, and becomes subject of investigation in the question of how female empowerment is taking place with the main characters Reina Agüero in The Agüero Sisters, and Lucrecia Pan in Monkey Hunting.