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  •  I've only read Muriel Spark of those (glad to have (4+ / 0-)

    new input, though). She is dark, dry and marvelous. I'll certainly be reading several more of hers in time (So far, I've only met Jean Brodie).

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:00:07 AM PDT

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    •  For Anita Brookner, (4+ / 0-)
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      try "Hotel du Lac," her most well known book in the U.S;  for Faye Weldon try "The Life and Loves of a She-Devil," or "The Fat Woman's Joke;" for Isabel Colgate, "The Shooting Party" or "Statues in the Garden;" for more Muriel Spark you might like "Memento Mori."

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 08:46:22 AM PDT

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      •  Thank you for a useful list of starting points - (4+ / 0-)

        they will get folded in to my enormous TBR list. I did have The Life and Loves of a She-Devil already. I was so impressed by my first Spark that I hunted for her in a few of my book books, and online, and ended up with:

        MEMENTO MORI (a list this big needs ordering: I use, well, ordering - and capitalize the ones I'm hungriest for)
        Ballad of Peckham Rye
        Loitering with Intent
        Girls of Slender Means
        Far Cry from Kensington
        Driver's Seat

        I do like lists. And books.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 11:27:45 AM PDT

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    •  Ghost stories (4+ / 0-)
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      By all means, read "The Portobello Road" -- a very powerful ghost story. In fact, women writers are particularly strong in this subgenre:

      A.S. Byatt, "The July Ghost"
      Penelope Fitzgerald, "The Axe"
      E.J. Howard, "Three Miles Up"
      Edith Wharton, "Miss Mary Pask," "The Looking Glass," and my favorite example of ghost fiction ever, "Afterward"

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