Happy International Women's Day!
As part of the celebrations, I've done a quick round-up of some fiction books, featuring women and written by women, which I've recently read and enjoyed. Click on the titles to get my reviews. Which ones have you read, or would like to read?
Top row, L-R:
- The House Girl by Tara Conklin - story of a house slave who is the real artist behind compelling slave portraits
- Freud's Mistress by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman - who is she? A tragedy of loving a man like Freud, and of the tragedy of sisterhood
- The Mirrored World by Debra Dean - a peek in the life of the revered St. Xenia of Russia
- This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakuwila - short stories of the "real" Hawaii, many of which highlight women and their relationships
- Ru by Kim Thuy - stark vignettes and recollection of a Vietnamese immigrant
- The Mapmaker's War by Ronlyn Domingue - an unusual fable of a woman mapmaker
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - a promising 1950s young woman's journey from naive to jaded, from success to depression.
- One Big Beautiful Thing by Marie Flanigan - a subtle feminist novel of love, art and self-discovery
- Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi - a jarring novel that examines race, beauty and sexuality (unreviewed)