Gee Whiz, Women Do Write Good Books

by Melissa Silverstein on December 4, 2009

in Books

Unlike the Publishers Weekly year end list which included no women, the NY Times has included a bunch of women on its 10 best list of 2009.  In fact, 4 of the 5 fiction books are by women.

Here they are.  Full list will appear in the December 13 book review.


Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeanette Walls
A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert


LIT: A Memoir by Mary Karr
Ramond Carver: A Writer’s Life by Carol Sklenicka

The 10 Best Books of 2009
(NY Times)


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Catherine Isadora December 6, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Thanks for this list. I was literally in the library yesterday and spent hours looking for good books by women. There were plenty on relationships and family, but I was looking more for adventure type books (not crime related—death, murder, mayhem—but perhaps more life affirming) where a woman or women were the protagonist(s)and most importantly the main characters. I was amazed that even in many novels written by women either the main character was a man or the story line mainly evolved around men’s concerns. This reminded me of an analogy I had read once how men have been like the Sun with women and children merely a satellite revolving around them like a moon.

Do you or your reader’s have any book suggestions?

Mary Ryzuk, (playwright-author) February 27, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Dear Catherine Isadora,
It would give me great pleasure if you would try my latest book: THE FIRES WITHIN-THE SUMMER OF ’88. (Soft-cover edtion
Publisher’s promo: “The story takes place against the background of the fires in Yellowstone National Park in 1988 that decimated almost 2/3 of the park.
In this poignant novel, infinite passion, dangerous flames, an unsolved murder, and the power of desperately unfulfilled love are intricately woven together to create a suspenseful tale of desire that will only be satisfied when the mystery of the murder is solved.”

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