2004 - Runaway
Until this book, the fact that I have been reading only women authors was not a factor I considered after each read. The narratives have ranged from family sagas to arctic exploration, with characaters young and old and across genders. But this collection of short stories was a finely honed dagger that struck directly into my feminine heart. I couldn't help but relate to the women in these stories as daughters, mothers, wives. Alice Munro crystallized the female experience in this collection.
Many other women have taken a similar approach to writing. Even the other short story collection I read for this reading challenge, Homeland by Barbara Kingsolver, is comprised of strictly women narrators, but there is something fiercer about the intentional feminism of Runaway that makes it impossible to miss.
For more short stories by fierce women, I recommend:
- Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Sylvia Plath
- Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
- Transactions in a Foreign Currency by Deborah Eisenberg
Keep turning the page,