This feature (for now in the custody of sarah.of.a.lesser.god) is our way of sharing those book titles, both fiction and nonfiction, that have been standouts in recent reading, and hopefully getting some from our readers in return. The focus is primarily, but not necessarily exclusively, on books concerning women and feminism, and/or written by female authors.
My Pick: “The Fall River Axe Murders” by Angela Carter. A rare fiction recommendation on my part, but this excellent short story was part of the reading for my fiction workshop this semester, for which I am very grateful to my professor. It’s historical fiction and recounts the tale of the Lizzie Borden axe murders from the point of view of an imaginary witness. Carter’s writing is crisp and she does a phenomenal job of setting the scene without any flowery details. It’s a clear-eyed look at the lives of unmarried women who were forced to depend on their families in the late 19th-century. The book that the story is featured in is called Saints and Strangers, and I have added it to my birthday wish list so that I can read the rest of Carter’s tales, all of which focus on her own interpretation of famous women’s lives throughout history.
What say you? Have any titles to share with the Harpies and your fellow readers? Note: while I tend to focus on books, your input does not strictly have to be a literary recommendation if you have something extraordinary that is in another medium such as music or film that you would love to let us know about.