I was recommended this sci-fi/fantasy novel, but have lost the title. The plot, as was described to me, involved a female (?) alien who crash lands near/in a town and how a man (?) helps her find the fuel she needs for her spaceship so she can leave again. Apparently the ending is a bit of a twist, involving what the fuel actually is and the alien's relationship with the human. Referred to as a bit feminist, but that may have just been my recommender's take. A faint memory of the title involving the word "red" or "rose" but the plot is really all the clue I have. Thank you for your help!
I believe you may be recalling a Theodore Sturgeon story, "Tiny and the Monster". The plot revolves around an alien whose ship has crashed outside a small town and is disabled. Tiny is a girl who can communicate with the "monster" inside the ship, and is working with her engineer/mechanic friends to try to help fix the ship. Problem is, the repair requires replacing a tungsten casting -- and you can't cast tungsten.
This story can be found in Thunder and Roses: Volume IV: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, available to read online through Google Books It's not a novel, but it's a longish short work (I'd call it a novelette or novella).