This Month I Am Reading Only Books Written by Women, Such as Virginia Woolf
I read a lot of books, but I feel I have not given women authors their due. So far, I have read Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere and am within a few pages of finishing Joyce Carol Oates’s The Man Without a Shadow. Ng is new to me, but I have always loved Oates, though I haven’t nearly enough of her prolific works.
Among the books I will be selecting from for the rest of March (in no particular order):
- Something by Svetlana Alexievich, most likely Secondhand Time [Russia]
- Rosario Santos’s The Fat Man from La Paz: Contemporary Fiction from Bolivia*
- Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s The Time: Night* [Russia]
- Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead* [USA]
- Simone de Beauvoir’s The Ethics of Ambiguity [France]
- Patricia Highsmith’s The Black House [USA]
- Dorothy B. Hughes’s In a Lonely Place [USA]
- Selma Lagerlof’s The Saga of Gosta Berling* [Norway]
- Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse [England]
- Clarice Lispector’s Hour of the Star [Brazil]
- Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Gods of Jade and Shadow* [Mexico/Canada]
- Marie NDiaye’s Three Strong Women [France]
- Dawn Powell’s The Locusts Have No King* [USA]
- Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive* [Mexico/USA]
Invariably, I will not read some of the above and likely add some other writers, such as Charlotte Brontë, Willa Cather, Madeleine Albright, or Helen Hunt Jackson. It all depends on how I like the books I have selected.
Books marked with an asterisk [*] are by authors I have not yet read.
great list! i’d recommend Woolf’s “The Waves”: i liked it a lot more than “Lighthouse”…
Okay, I’ll give it a try.