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  •  Seriously. Female authors are separated (7+ / 0-)

    into their own category. My eyes roll every time I even think about this. I think that's one of the reasons why The Woman Upstairs resonated so deeply with me.

    •  Now As I Pondered This (4+ / 0-)

      I realized almost none of the authors I read are female (I am a dude). Now Isabel Allende is one of my favorite, but an outlier. Kind of the female version of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Her book The Infinite Plan, well if you have not read it please do. Amazon review:

      A richly embroidered, ambitious tale, Allende's latest novel charts one man's spiritual progress against five decades of history and cultural change. Allende relies less on her customary magical realism (The House of the Spirits ) than on concrete, often graphic details in her first attempt to depict North American characters and settings.

      Greg Reeves, the son of an itinerant preacher who claims that life is governed by an infinite plan, spends the latter part of his childhood in the L.A. barrio where his family settled when their father became ill. His best friend and soul mate there is Carmen Morales, the daughter of a hospitable Latino family. The novel follows Greg and, to a lesser extent, Carmen through turbulent experiences as each searches for identity.

      Greg discovers several different kinds of racial discrimination in the crowded barrio; later, he taps into the social and sexual revolution in Berkeley; and he suffers through the crucible of Vietnam, from which he emerges determined to become rich and powerful no matter the cost in morality or peace of mind. He enters into disastrous marriages with two beautiful women, both of whom, he belatedly realizes, resemble his passive, remote mother; he also fails as a father.

      Allende's intensely imagined prose has clarity and dimension; she describes the exotic and the mundane with equal skill. The rambling, diffuse narrative nicely mirrors the random quality of life itself: Greg discovers that "there is no infinite plan, just the strife of living."

    •  To be clear, it's Wikipedia (6+ / 0-)

      with the Female Authors category, not the Man Booker longlist, which is majority female this year, right? (Although the Man Booker? Really?)

      The Kills looks kinda fun to me.

      Awesome diary as always.

      "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

      by GussieFN on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 05:26:55 PM PDT

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    •  Man Booker website doesn't separate them (3+ / 0-)
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      I'm confused by the discussion here.

      The Man Booker website provides the long list in alphabetical order, by author's last name.

      The commentary notes that the authors come from seven different countries. Some are experienced authors, some are at the start of their careers. Some have been nominated before, others haven't.

      What I don't see in the commentary is any breakdown based on gender.

      •  Nothing said I had to copy their website. (1+ / 0-)
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        Limelite, RiveroftheWest

        Anyone can go to the Booker website and see the alphabetical list. Some people want to congregate the list, or any list, in other ways.

        The idea of segregating female authors is something that is important to some factions of the literary fiction readership beyond this site. To some, there has been too much segregating. To others, there has been too much leaving out quality female writers. Wikipedia is one well-known website that used such segregation.

        Another place that tends to feature male writers who use the English language has been the New York Times Book Review, which once was the standard for U.S. readers. Women and translated authors tend to not receive anywhere near the coverage.

        So for those who find this information interesting, I used different categories beyond the usual alphabetical order.

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