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Women may not yet run the world but we do make for some of the most intriguing characters. Who are some of the most compelling all-time heroines — real-life or fictional —ever to captivate our readerly imaginations? The ballad of Edna Pontellier sings of the caged-bird claustrophobia caused by societal expectations, and laments the limits of acceptable desires.
Munro's entire bibliography is essential reading. She's simply unparalleled when it comes to writing about the inner lives of girls and women. In this novel-in-stories, we follow Rose as she awkwardly transitions from girlhood to womanhood—warts and all. It's fascinating to go back to s rural Canada and see how similar it looks to our current landscape. This insanely brilliant first novel, published in , marked the debut of one of the greatest writers of our time —of all time. The reigning matriarch of minimalism employs prose so pared back turning the s might give you paper cuts.
Yet despite the economy of her words, her stories burst with laughs and a whole lotta heartbreak. Many writers get you to see certain things differently, but Hempel gives you all new ways to see full-stop. And yet this tale of Fanny Price, who at age ten is sent to live with wealthy relatives to relieve her poor and overburdened parents, is a slow burn.
In these ten indelible tales, undying faith commingles with cynicism, beauty with brutality, transformation with tradition, good country people with cold-blooded killers. Toni Cade Bambara died way too soon, in , at age We are still piecing together how Harriet Tubman did what she did—escaped from slavery and went on to help some seventy others to do the same. British novelist and historian Brookner died in , denying impassioned fans a chance to slip into new stories of women whose youth is behind them, and are in the process of readjusting their high expectations.
Will she compromise? Cunningham won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for this gorgeously forlorn, variegated meditation on the vexing loneliness that descends on three different women at three different times: Virginia Woolf in s London, a housewife in s Los Angeles whose only solace is Mrs. This formally-daring work of autofiction a novel that blurs the line between memoir and made-up uses wondrous prose and script excerpts from plays in progress to probe the nuances of female friendship and what it means to be a woman creating art.
Set in a tightly-knit Italian community post WWII, this miraculous coming-of-age saga set at a time when it was nearly impossible for a female to go against the grain, sears with intellect and insight. In this wildly original short story collection, the filmmaker and fiction writer lays bare the sheer weirdness of womanhood: the neuroses that bloom into obsessions, the strange sexual tension between seemingly platonic friends, and the grief of everyday letdowns.
Blazing like the sun at its center: the indefatigable, straight-shooting Olive, a woman whose large heart is frequently eclipsed by her penchant for telling it like it is. These autobiographical essays by the iconic Mississippi writer are divided into three parts: Listening, Learning to See, and Finding a Voice.
A sumptuous must-read. Where these sensibilities clashed, James found drama, wisdom, tenderness. Few write about the path from open-hearted to slightly more seasoned than this master stylist. In less than s, Dept. Your Best Life. Type keyword s to search. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this to help users provide their addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.
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