books, Reading, Women Writers

Women Writers Who Inspire

In the wake of ever-present stupidity, misogyny, and regrettable sound bites in the media (Talese and Trump alone give fodder to a palimpsest of rants in my head), I thought it fitting to offer a celebratory missive. Half-way through my Year of Reading Women, I reflect on the women writers who have inspired my lifelong love of reading and who continue to fan the flames of my bibliophila.

Women for All Ages: Madeline L’Engle, Kate DiCamillo, Beverly Cleary, Sara Pennypacker

Women for All Times: Dorothy Parker, Kate Chopin, Toni Morrison

Women who Broaden Your Mind: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Geraldine Brooks, Zadie Smith, Rebecca Solnit

Women who Touch Your Heart: Barbara Kingsolver, Margaret Atwood, Bernice L. McFadden, Jane Smiley, Edwidge Danticat

Women who Foretell a Bright Future: Valeria Luiselli, Sara Novic, Lisa McInerney, Cynthia Bond, Rachel Elliott

Link to the Guardian article here

 

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2016 Baileys Women’s Prize Announced!

And the winner is… Lisa McInerney for her extraordinary, foul-mouthed and heart-pounding debut, “The Glorious Heresies”. This book bowled me over, and I am thrilled that it won. Here is a link to my review.

From the Baileys Prize website:

Screen-Shot-2016-06-08-at-14.15.54-793x536“On Wednesday 8th June 2016 at the Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre, London, Irish author Lisa McInerney was announced the winner of the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel The Glorious Heresies.

Margaret Mountford, Chair of Judges, commented: “After a passionate discussion around a very strong shortlist, we chose Lisa McInerney’s The Glorious Heresies, a superbly original, compassionate novel that delivers insights into the very darkest of lives through humour and skilful storytelling. A fresh new voice and a wonderful winner.”