If you could see my bookshelves at home, they are dominated by Comptemporary Fiction written by women. I think it used to be called Women's Lit, but whatever, I love it!
My current favourite female writers are:
Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Travellers Wife is in my top 5 books of all time. I love the idea, the story, the connections, the empathy, the characters (Eric Bana was so right to play Henry in the film adaptation!), and it really made me blub. Always a good sign! *Why is Audrey not on Twitter?*
Kathryn Stockett - The Help. A powerful story of race relations and the determination of a young writer to write something new for 1960's home help reliant America. And one fantastic film adaptation to enjoy on a rainy day in Brussels!
Emma Donoghue - Room. Moving and uplifting. I read this book in one sitting it was that good. Very deserving of the many awards Emma's won for the incredible paperback from the viewpoint of a small boy. She's amazingly decorated and shortlisted in the literary world now!
I would love to write even half as good as these authors - keep writing, ladies.
During lunch today, I finished "Before I go to Sleep" by S J Watson (a very ambiguous pen name, but he is a man!) and I'm now looking forward to tuck into another fiction book. Any recommendations by female writing icons? I feel I should begin reading another book by a female writer, today of all days!
Phew. Made it through that post without mentioning girl power.