Imagine Contemporary Literature Without Women

For International Women’s Day we celebrate female authors that we couldn’t do without

Today is International Women’s Day, and in many places women are striking to highlight the lack of equality for women around the globe. What would literature look like without women? A pretty poor place! Here are some of great contemporary books that would disappear.

Add your own favorites in the comments!

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

Citizen by Claudia Rankine

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

The White Album by Joan Didion

Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Reading woman on a couch by Isaac Israels

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