Kate Chopin, Fedora (Review)

Time methinks for another Library of America (LOA) Story of the Week, particularly since one of their recent offerings was one of my favourite American authors, Kate Chopin. “Fedora” is the sixth story by Chopin I’ve discussed here, and is probably the shortest, more of a “sketch”. In fact its original title was apparently ““The Falling in Love … Continue reading Kate Chopin, Fedora (Review)

Eudora Welty, A curtain of green (Review)

This week I received the Library of America’s annual email in which they list their “Top 10 Story of the Week selections of 2016″. I’ve only read eleven of their selections this year, but two – Kate Chopin’s “A pair of silk stockings” (my review) and Willa Cather’s “Enchanted bluff” (my review) – are in their Top Ten. … Continue reading Eudora Welty, A curtain of green (Review)

Hannah Kent, Burial rites (Review)

“We’ll remember you” says Margrét to Agnes on the day of her execution. We sure will, if Hannah Kent’s debut novel Burial rites has anything to say about it. Kent’s book is the second novel set in Iceland I’ve read, the first being Icelandic writer Halldor Laxness’s unforgettable Independent people. Although Laxness’s novel is set a century after Burial rites, … Continue reading Hannah Kent, Burial rites (Review)

Nine, just 9, books by female authors at the top of a 20th century list?

The Reading Ape, in his February Literary Fact of the Day compilation, included the following tidbit: There are only 6 female authors on The Modern Library‘s list of the 100 best novels of the 20th Century. In fact, in the Modern Library’s Board’s list (over 10 years old now), a woman doesn’t appear until slot 15, … Continue reading Nine, just 9, books by female authors at the top of a 20th century list?