Books by women, and even – darn it – about women

This year (starting last week) the only fiction I will read (novels and short stories) is by women, as per suggestion from the wonderful wife (7 years hitched!!).  It occurred to me, both before and after reading Ursula Le Guin’s comments on her ‘The Eye of the Heron’ that this might not mean I was going to be reading books about women!

So, here’s a bit of a list of likely candidates

Angela Carter – esp Wise Children and Night at the Circus
Ursula Le Guin – Always Coming Home, The Eye of the Heron, The Beginning Place
Toni Morrison – Beloved
Andrea Newman – Triangles
Elfriede Jelinek- The Piano Teacher
AS Byatt – Little Black Book of Stories
Marilynne Robinson- Housekeeping
Michele Roberts – Fair Exchange
Margaret Drabble – The Radiant Way
Claribel Alegria – Family Album
Jennifer Egan – A Visit from the Goon Squad
George Eliot – Felix Holt
Carrie Tiffany – Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living, and Mateship with Birds

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