Guatemala in the News and The Bean Trees

Last week I wrote about Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees as the second novel in my Reading Women Writers series. I wanted to briefly revisit it because of the recent news from Guatemala: On Monday, a Guatemalan court ordered the country’s government to apologize to the Ixil population for the crimes of José Efraín Ríos […]

This is the third post in the Reading Women Writers series. From now on the posts will be somewhat less formal and won’t be using MLA citations. Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions is set in 1960-70s Rhodesia and is narrated by Tambudzai (Tambu), a young African girl who dreams of continuing her education. The novel begins […]

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This is the second post in the Reading Women Writers series. In The Golden Notebook, Anne writes that “One novel in five hundred or a thousand has the quality a novel should have to make it a novel–the quality of philosophy” (Lessing 59). By that standard, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees is without question a […]

As an inaugural novel for my Reading Women Writers series, The Golden Notebook is both perfect and daunting. Perfect, in that since its first publication in 1962 it has inspired generations of women, has a female author as the protagonist, and addresses themes of writing. Daunting because it is a novel of such richness, depth, […]

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