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The Literary Edit: Books From Female Authors You Need To Know

The latests ready-to-read books stacked on our nightstand from female novelists you need to know.
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Our literature contributor, Elizabeth Lane, is back with her suggestions of books to savor this month. These female authors use their exemplary voices to weave tales of truth and history, stories we can learn and grow from. 

On my nightstand now . . .

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Trust Exercise: A Novel by Susan Choi

You may remember Susan Choi from her brilliant novel “American Woman” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, or her other three stunning novels. If you aren’t familiar with her work, it’s time. Susan Choi is back with another brilliant work, this time taking the tension to the stage. Choi's novel centers on a handful of students and faculty at an elite performing arts high school in the early '80s. Beyond that description, mums the word as the novel starts in one way, and then transforms into something else entirely – ajust one example of Choi’s genius in this surprising, raw, “read till all-hours-of-the-night novel.” The characters' lives are as rich and rife with drama as you'd expect, but each is part of a larger story about sex, power, envy, and trust. Timely and expertly crafted, Trust Exercise is, at its core, a novel about the power and mutability of memory.

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Savage News by Jessica Yellin

Savage News by Jessica Yellin

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A glimpse at what I'm reading next . . .

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