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Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction– Longlist

previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction – “celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.”

2014 LONGLIST:

Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah

madd adam

Margaret Atwood – MaddAddam

dogs

Suzanne Berne – The Dogs of Littlefield

shadow of

Fatima Bhutto – The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

the bear

Claire Cameron – The Bear— read– ***/5

eleven days

Lea Carpenter – Eleven Days

strangler

M.J. Carter – The Strangler Vine

luminaries

Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries

reasons she goes

Deborah Kay Davies – Reasons She Goes to the Woods

signature

Elizabeth Gilbert – The Signature of All Things

Burial Rites

Hannah Kent – Burial Rites

flame throwers

Rachel Kushner – The Flamethrowers— read */5

lowland

Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland— read *****/5

undertaking

Audrey Magee – The Undertaking

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Eimear McBride – A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing

almost english

Charlotte Mendelson – Almost English

still life

Anna Quindlen – Still Life with Bread Crumbs

burgess

Elizabeth Strout – The Burgess Boys— read ****/5

goldfinch

Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch

All the Birds Singing

Evie Wyld – All The Birds, Singing

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BOOKS: 25 Suggestions for #ReadWomen2014

As an English major at a women’s college (Simmons College in Boston), I didn’t read as many women authors as you’d think. I remember a Victorian Experience class with George Eliot as one of the authors along with Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens, naturally. I took a wonderful summer course at Emerson College that included Edith Wharton on the syllabus and I immediately fell for her. Upon graduating I’ve made up for not reading that many female authors and likely read more female than male authors. As with any business, I know that the literary world’s filled with many more big-name male authors and lesser-known female authors. More literary prizes go to men than to women. Female authors usually get pushed into the “women’s fiction” a.k.a. “chick lit” genre whereas men nearly always write literary fiction, mystery/thriller and nonfiction. There’s little parity. So I’m all for this #ReadWomen2014 movement.

Here are 25 of my favorite books by women, a mix of classic and modern, if you need some reading suggestions:

Glimpses vintage

1. Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton

song of lark

2. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather

moore

3. A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

journal of a solitude

4. Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton

mccullers

5. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

walker

6. Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker

emperorschildren.messud

7. The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud

intuition

8. Intuition by Allegra Goldman

ghana must go

9. Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

lowland

10. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

portrait in sepia

11. Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende

good earth

12. The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

revolution-of-every-day

13. The Revolution of Every Day by Cari Luna

mccarthy1

14. The Group by Mary McCarthy

bell jar

15. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

driver'sseat.spark

16. Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark

vagabond.collette

17. The Vagabond by Collette

education of harriet hatfield

18. The Education of Harriet Hatfield by May Sarton

agnes grey

19. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

kingsolver

20. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

byatt

21. Possession by A.S. Byatt

gaitskill

22. Don’t Cry by Mary Gaitskill

oranges

23. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

broken heart.singer

24. The Wholeness of a Broken Heart by Katie Singer

on beauty

25. On Beauty by Zadie Smith

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Fall Books on My Radar

September Releases:

wrong girl

sister mother husband dog

goat-mountain-cover

help for the haunted

MaddAddam

lowland

October Releases:

valley of amazement

longbourn

we are water

dirty love

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Overlooked FILM on DVD: The Namesake and Goldfish Memory

The Namesake

Impeccable acting, a stellar cast and directing by Mira Nair [Monsoon Wedding and Vanity Fair] propels this best-seller by Jhumpa Lahiri. The story revolves around Gogol, a mid-twenties architect who has been fighting against his traditional Indian family and heritage. He gets pulled back in by an unforeseen family crisis and it changes his outlook and future forever. Kal Penn is remarkable in this role. He easily moves Gogol from defiant to thoughtful and the audience truly cares about his journey. The stunning and expressive Bollywood star Tabu plays Gogol’s mother. From Brooklyn to Manhattan to India, Gogol attempts to discover his individuality and to reconcile his new self with the old fashioned ideology of his immigrant parents.

Goldfish Memory

I don’t really like to use words like love. I love you really means, do you love me and I own you and all that crap.
Clara to lover Angie

This witty, thoughtful and comical film revolves around a group of 20 and 30-somethings in Dublin. Their paths cross as they weave in and out of relationships. While each has a different idea of what is right and good for them (one week fling, marriage, long term live-in situation), they all believe that love is an important component in their lives. It kicks off when Clara (Fiona O’ Shaughnessy) sees her boyfriend (a poetry Professor who is constantly falling for his students) kissing another woman. Clara then dates television reporter Angie (Flora Montgomery) but really is not quite sure whom she wants to date and at 22, would like to keep her options open. Angie wants a long-term relationship and soon finds one and starts to plan for a child. Her best friend Tom (Sean Campion) is trying to lure a guy away from the woman he has been dating. There are definitely unexpected twists in this well-written film. The dialogue is sharp and rings true for those currently navigating the choppy waters of a new or not-so-new relationship in all its intricacies, flaws and challenges. In the same vein as Intermission or Love Actually, Goldfish Memory jumps back and forth between characters, connects them all in some way and then rounds out full circle. One grows to really like these characters and care about them at the end. Goldfish Memory is a sparkling gem of a film.

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