Absolutely splendid article about the current rage in a) unlikable or b) unreliable female protagonists, as in Gone Girl; The Girl on The Train; Fates and Furies; or, for that matter, Anna Karenina or Madame Bovary. The difference being, of course, that the latter two works were written by men, and the first three by young, female authors who have a bone or two to pick with gendered expectations.
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Glenda Bailey-Mershon is the author of the novel Eve’s Garden (Twisted Road, 2014), the story of three generations of Romani women surviving in North Georgia, USA, during the 1960s. She is also the author of Weaver’s Knot: Poems (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming 2023) and other poetry titles, including sa-co-ni-ge/blue smoke: poems from the Southern Appalachians (Jane’s Stories) and Bird Talk: Poems (Wild Dove). A founder of the nonprofit, Jane’s Stories Press Foundarion, which presents the Clara Johnson Award for Women’s Literature, she edited four of their anthologies, the latest being Bridges and Borders, featuring immigrant women writers.
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