Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fiction Corner: Women Writers

A while ago, a woman friend of mine was saying that she wanted to read some literary fiction by women writers but had a hard time choosing where to start. I told her that I have really enjoyed fiction written by women and would send her a list to get her started browsing in the library. I thought I would reproduce it her for you, dear readers, along with some pictures of a small portion of the overloaded shelves of fiction in our downstairs library (nonfiction upstairs, of course). I have since quit buying books, for the most part, and have been making wonderful weekly trips to the Urbana Free Library.

Here's the list. Warning: It's LONG, but incomplete, of course, because I've read many that I didn't think of when writing this. But it should get some of you started. Barbara Kingsolver: The Bean Trees, Ann Hood: Somewhere off the Coast of Maine, Julia Glass: Three Junes, Mary McGary Morris: Songs in Ordinary Time, Jennifer Haigh: Mrs Kimble, Ann Patchett: Bel Canto, Penelope Lively: Moon Tiger, Carol Goodman: The Lake of Dead Languages, Mary Lawson: Crow Lake, Anne-Marie MacDonald: The Way the Crow Flies, Ursula Hegi: Stones from the River, Sue Miller: Lost in the Forest, Audrey Niffenegger: The Time Traveler's Wife, Jane Harris: The Observations, Joanne Harris: Gentlemen and Other Players, Beth Gutcheon: Leeway Cottage, Gail Tsukiyama: Women of the Silk, Sigrid Nunez: The Last of Her Kind, Amy Tan: The Bonesetter's Daughter, Kate Atkinson: Case Histories, Jane Urquhart: The Underpainter, Jennifer Egan: The Invisible Circus, Elizabeth McCracken: The Giant's House, Elizabeth Hay: Student of the Weather, Lynn Sharon Schwartz: The Writing on the Wall, Laura Kalpakian: These Latter Days, Andrea Levy: Small Island, Elisabeth Rosner: Speed of Light, Joan Barfoot: Lucky, Carol Shields: The Stone Diaries, Sarah Waters: Fingersmith, Bobbie Ann Mason: Feather Crowns, Helen Dunmore: Talking to the Dead, Margaret Atwood: The Blind Assassin, Pat Barker: Double Vision, Doris Lessing: The Summer before Dark, Jane Hamilton: Map of the World, Joyce Carol Oates: When We Were the Mulvaneys, Jane Smiley: The All-True Adventures of Lily Newton, Isabel Allende: House of the Spirits, Alice Munro: Dance of the Happy Shades, Kate Morton: The House at Riverton, Lionel Shriver: We Need to Talk about Kevin, Jhumpa Lahiri: The Namesake . . . and on and on.

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