NEW SERIES: American Women and Their Novels

By Angelina Eimannsberger

We are excited to announce our new series, “American Women and Their Novels,” in which we look at what women are reading in contemporary America, starting with INDULGENCE’s April pick, The Mothers by Brit Bennet.

The books in this series are curated to speak to a variety of experience of different women. We aim to create a canon of contemporary literature by and for women as a countercurrent to the political situation we live in.

Over the next few weeks, we will discuss Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet, the Italian series of four novels about the two friends Lenu and Lila that has swept the US literary scene starting with My Brilliant Friend. Next up, we will turn to Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in the light of the authors recent comments on trans women and think about what that means for our understanding of woman and feminism. We will finish April by discussing Gish Jen’s two novels about a Chinese immigrant family, Typical American and Mona in the Promised Land to see a beautiful example of immigrant experience.

Come join the fun! Suggest books you’d like to see in the series, share your reading experience of the novels we discuss, tell us what you think!

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