5 Great Reads for Fans of SyFy’s ‘The Magicians’

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“The Magicians” returns in 2019 for season four! In celebration of this great series, here’s our list of great books that “The Magicians” fans of might enjoy.

The cover of the book The MagiciansThe Magicians


Obviously, reading the novels that spawned the series should be your first step. If you love one, you’re bound to love the other, and this is definitely a situation in which the two are different enough that they can be enjoyed based on their own merits.



The cover of the book Jonathan Strange & Mr. NorrellJonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell


Rivalries are a fact of life among the magicians of Brakebills, as they are in Susanna Clarke’s novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. In Regency England, magic is has become the province of armchair sorcerers and academic theoreticians. No one actually practices the art. No one, that is, but Gilbert Norrell: a reclusive magician who believes the time has come to bring the art to the aid of his country. His apprentice, Jonathan Strange, shows great promise in the mystic sciences, but seems to have very different ideas about how they are best applied.


The cover of the book The Chronicles of NarniaThe Chronicles of Narnia


There’s no way around reading The Chronicles of Narnia. C. S. Lewis’ great work of allegorical fiction was a big influence on author Lev Grossman’s land of Fillory. Comparing and contrasting Fillory and Narnia should be a fun exercise for any fan of “The Magicians”.


The cover of the book Sorcerer to the CrownSorcerer to the Crown


In Lev Grossman’s novels, you’re not likely to know that magic exists unless you’re invited to Brakebills. So why is magic in such short supply in the mundane world? That’s the question that sorcerer Zacharias Waythe sets on to answer in Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown. The search for an answer leads him to Prunella Gentlewoman, a — gasp — woman with immense power.


The cover of the book The HikeThe Hike


“The Magicians” is a great series, but would you really want to step into a world of magic? Say what you will about the mundane world, but at least there’s practically no chance you’ll be consumed by a giant or chopped into pieces by angry dog-men. These are serious possibilities for the hapless hero of Drew Magary’s novel The Hike, the story of a man who takes one wrong turn on what was supposed to be an ordinary walk through the woods.


The Top 5 Greatest Author Feuds of All Time

When we remember renowned authors like Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, or Henry James, we think of the remarkable works of literature they left behind – the author’s personal life and quarrels are usually left out of the picture.

But there’s a lot to be said about the relationships these great authors had, especially with one another. There were many heated exchanges between these literary geniuses, along with displays of childish behavior that are actually quite amusing.

Watch the video below to learn about the top five greatest author feuds, and why the conflicts unfolded in the first place – you’ll be happy you did.


In life, conflict is inevitable. This is especially true when it comes to authors, whose work often serves as an extension of themselves. Here’s our list of the top five greatest author feuds in recent history.

Number five, Henry James versus HG Wells. These two great artists started in good standing. Henry James, older and more established, initially praised HG wells as “the most interesting literary man of his generation.” As time went on, however, James became annoyed with Wells’ journalistic writing style, saying, “so much talent with so little art.”

In 1915, Wells published a satire Boon, in which he parodied James’ writing and depicted a paragraph of his as “a hippopotamus trying to pick up a pea in the corner.” Wells proclaimed that his writings served a purpose, and wasn’t just fluff. James clapped back that writing should be nothing more than an artistic process. Did you get all that? Me, neither. But you can read the full correspondence published in Henry James, A Life in Letters.

Number four, William Faulkner versus Ernest Hemingway in the battle over flowery language. At a lecturer at the University of Mississippi, William Faulkner accused Hemingway of being a coward, saying, “He has no courage. He has never crawled out on a limb. He has never been known to use a word that might cause the reader to check with a dictionary to see if it is properly used.”

Then, Hemingway retorted with, “Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the $10 words? I know them, all right. But there are older, and simpler, and better words, and those are the ones I use.” The two never met face to face, and neither backed down from their opinions.

Number three, Ernest Hemingway versus Gertrude Stein. Gertrude Stein and Hemingway started out friends in Paris, reliant upon each other for critique and support. But when Hemingway was offended by Stein’s coined term, the lost generation, they quickly became frenemies. A rift developed, and Hemingway left Paris.

Stein published The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, in which he painted quite the nasty portrait of Hemingway. In response, Hemingway wrote in his A Moveable Feast that Stein’s work contained “repetitions that a more conscientious and less lazy writer would have put in the wastebasket.” Sick burn, Ernie. The two never mended their friendship before death.

Hey. Wow.

We can’t believe it either, Owen.

Number two, Norman Mailer versus Gore Vidal. A renowned instigator, Norman Mailer was known for physical altercations with many of his contemporaries, including Gore Vidal. After Vidal gave a bad review of Mailer’s The Prisoner of Sex, they were set to appear together on The Dick Cavett Show. Seconds before going on stage, Mailer assaulted Vidal with a head butt.

Shortly thereafter at a party, Mailer punched Vidal, knocking him to the ground. At this moment, Vidal is famously quoted as saying, “Once again, words fail Norman Mailer.” The two reconciled well before Mailer’s death in 2007. Yay, there is good in this world.

Number one, Mary McCarthy versus Lillian Hellman. Earning the top spot, this feud is one that brought a major lawsuit, illness, bankruptcy, and a Broadway play. In 1979, Dick Cavett asked his guest Mary McCarthy about the authors she felt were overrated. McCarthy called out Lillian Hellman, saying she was a bad writer and a dishonest writer. McCarthy went on. “Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the.’”

The next morning, Lillian Hellman filed a lawsuit against McCarthy, Mr. Cavett, and PBS. The lawsuit alone destroyed Mary McCarthy’s finances, and diminished her health. But it never settled, as Hellmann died in 1984. McCarthy announced that she hadn’t wanted her to die, but rather to live so that she could see her lose.

In 2002, the late writer Nora Ephron wrote a musical entitled Imaginary Friends, in which it’s alluded that McCarthy planned the whole stunt on Cavett’s show, but this has never been proven.

Wow. That was enlightening, and maybe a little sad. But when you put yourself out there in any capacity, you’re bound to have haters. So let’s go make a cake filled with rainbows and smiles, celebrate what these authors contributed to society, and remember the words they wrote as examples of passionate lives lived.

5 Novels Featuring Obsessed Bookworms on the Hunt

We know how frustrating it can be to try to find an out of print book, especially a rare one. Usually it’s not a matter of life and death — but what if it was? Here are five fictional books that turn lives upside down.

The cover of the book The Infinite FutureThe Infinite Future


How far would you go for a book that would blow your mind — for good? In Tim Wirkus’ The Infinite Future, three troubled people obsessed with forgotten Brazilian science-fiction Salgado-MacKenzie’s set off to find his final, possibly apocryphal work: The Infinite Future. The manuscript promises insights into the true nature of the universe, but how likely is that from a writer whose previous works were tales of a 23rd century spaceship captain? Readers will enjoy their journey to find the truth.


The cover of the book The Invisible LibraryThe Invisible Library


The Library is an organization devoted to the acquisition of dangerous books from alternate realities. In The Invisible Library, one of its best agents sets out to retrieve Midnight Requiems: a particularly nasty work by the necromancer Balan Pestifer. The book currently exists somewhere in an alternative London, and will wreak destruction there if it is allowed to fall in the wrong hands.


The cover of the book The Club DumasThe Club Dumas


In The Club Dumas, rare book expert Lucas Corso is hired to authenticate what appears to be a copy of De Umbrarum Regni Novem Portis (Of the Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows): a  17th century occult work thought to have been been consigned to the flames — along with its author. The book can supposedly be used to summon Satan, but what are the chances that this is the real thing?


The cover of the book The Lost Book of the GrailThe Lost Book of the Grail


Academic Arthur Prescott spends all of the time that he can surrounded by the ancient books and manuscripts of the Barchester Cathedral Library, secretly nursing an obsession with the Holy Grail. He is initially displeased with the arrival of a digital archivist in his sanctuary, but discovers to his delight that she shares his love for the Grail and Arthuriana. When the future of the Cathedral is threatened, the two set out to find The Book of Ewolda: a lost manuscript about the founding of the church that could take them closer to the Grail than they ever expected.


The cover of the book Shadow of the WindShadow of the Wind


In the days following the Spanish Civil War, a book dealer takes his son Daniel to the “cemetery of lost books”: a secret repository of books lost to time. Daniel is allowed to select one book, but must agree to protect it for the rest of his life. Daniel chooses The Shadow of the Wind, a novel by a mysterious author named Julián Crax. Daniel goes looking for more work by Crax after finishing the novel, only to learn that someone — a man who has taken the name of a character in The Shadow of the Wind who turns out to be the devil — has already destroyed everything he can find. Will Daniel be able to keep his promise to protect his book with his life?

Talking About Reading: Podcasts for Book Lovers

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As much as I’m sure you’d all love to, you can’t read books all the time. You can certainly give it a good shot — and we most definitely encourage you to do just that — but there simply aren’t enough reader-friendly hours in the day. What is a bibliophile to do?

If your goal is to remain as immersed as possible in the world of all things literature, podcasts are the way to go. It’s an ever-growing and brave new auditory world, one filled with book recommendations, passionate discussions, and interviews with your favorite authors. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started!

World Book Club
This BBC-produced series is perfect for the bibliophile looking to get invaluable insight on the best the literary world has to offer, straight from the authors themselves. Featuring in-depth interviews as well as audience Q&A’s, “World Book Club” is the perfect venue for hearing your favorite authors discuss their best known works.

Literary Disco
“Literary Disco” features a bi-monthly conversation with writers and book lovers Julia Pistell, Tod Goldberg, and Rider Strong (of “Boy Meets World” fame). It’s an engaging and wide-ranging series covering everything from Pulitzer Prize winners to YA fare. Often the most fascinating episodes center on a guest author choosing a book for the group to read and discuss.

Between the Covers
If you’re interested in really digging into what makes your favorite author tick, “Between the Covers” is likely just the ticket. Host David Naimon is a skilled interviewer who draws remarkable and often candid insight from the authors he speaks. The discussions are in-depth and intense with episodes sometimes stretching quite a bit past the hour mark. Naimon’s three-part interview with sci-fi and fantasy icon Ursula K. Le Guin is particularly fascinating.

The Audio Book Club
If you’re having trouble nailing down a regular book club, give “The Audio Book Club” from Slate a listen. Each episode features a thorough, sometimes delightfully snarky discussion of whatever current book everyone’s talking about (that you’ve likely been meaning to pick up). The rotating panel of guests, largely culled from Slate’s writing staff, keeps the perspectives fresh.

So Many Damn Books
This is another entry in the audio/virtual book club category, but a bit more laid back than “The Audio Book” and with more booze (you’re obviously encouraged to drink along). The series features industry insiders, critics, and authors for lively and entertaining discussions.

Fully Booked
While its likely your To-Read pile is already big enough, “Fully Booked” is nevertheless a great and entertaining resource for discovering new books, finding out what’s worth checking out on the bestseller lists, or introducing you to a new read that may have slipped your radar.

New Yorker: Fiction
If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite author is reading, give the “New Yorker: Fiction” podcast a go. The series is hosted by the fiction editor of The New Yorker, Deborah Treisman, and each episode features an author selecting, reading, and discussing a piece of fiction from the magazine.

Drunk Booksellers
This one is worth checking out for the title alone. Fortunately, the content is up to par as well. “Drunk Booksellers” features an often enlightening, often hilarious discussion of all things literary. It’s like a booze-filled trip to your favorite book store. Doesn’t that sound delightful?

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Even if you aren’t particularly a fan of the romance novel genre, “Smart Bitches, Trashy Books” is still a brilliantly entertaining listen. Featuring conversations with writers and episode titles like “Portable Self Care and Evil Space Squirrels,” “The First Year of the Ripped Bodice,” and “The Mysteries of the Hymen,” this really is a podcast worth checking out.

Honorable Mention:

Beaks and Geeks
Full Disclosure: “Beaks and Geeks” — like Signature — is produced by Penguin Random House. This weekly podcast features candid conversations with author covering all facets of the creative process, the inspiration for their novels and books, and interesting tidbits about the lives they lead.

16 of the Hottest Romance Books of Summer

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the bookstore. This season’s crop of highly anticipated books has something for every reader with love and lust on the mind.

Are you ready for it? Here are the buzziest romances of the season.

All Your Perfects Dr. Strangebeard Between You & Me Dirty Sexy Player
Stygian The Governess Game Matchmaking for Beginners Even Money
The Kiss Quotient The Naked Truth Losing the Field Julien
Tight Quarters Cooper's Charm Blind Kiss Getting Schooled
By Hayley, June 19, 2018, first appearing on Goodreads Blog

Books to Film: Summer ’18 Edition

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot by John Callahan

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When it comes out: July 13
What the book is about: In 1972, at the age of 21, John Callahan was involved in a car crash that severed his spine and made him a quadriplegic. A heavy drinker since the age of 12 (alcohol had played a role in his crash), the accident could have been the beginning of a downward spiral. Instead, it sparked a personal transformation. After extensive physical therapy, he was eventually able to grasp a pen in his right hand and make rudimentary drawings. By 1978, Callahan had sworn off drinking for good, and begun to draw cartoons. Over the next three decades, until his death in 2010, Callahan would become one of the nation’s most beloved—and at times polarizing—cartoonists.

The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

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When it comes out: August 3
What the book is about: “The moment I decided to leave him, the moment I thought, enough, we were thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean, hurtling forward but giving the illusion of stillness and tranquility. Just like our marriage.” So opens Meg Wolitzer’s compelling and provocative novel The Wife, as Joan Castleman sits beside her husband on their flight to Helsinki. Joan’s husband, Joseph Castleman, is “one of those men who own the world…who has no idea how to take care of himself or anyone else, and who derives much of his style from the Dylan Thomas Handbook of Personal Hygiene and Etiquette.” He is also one of America’s preeminent novelists, about to receive a prestigious international award to honor his accomplishments, and Joan, who has spent forty years subjugating her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, has finally decided to stop.


Meg by Steve Alten

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When it comes out: August 10
What the book is about: On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean’s deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he’s sure he saw but still can’t prove exists – Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds. Taylor spends years theorizing, lecturing, and writing about the possibility that Meg still feeds at the deepest levels of the sea. But it takes an old friend in need to get him to return to the water, and a hotshot female submarine pilot to dare him back into a high-tech miniature sub. Diving deeper than he ever has before, Taylor will face terror like he’s never imagined.


Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth

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When it comes out: August 10
What the book is about: In 1978 the community of Colorado Springs, Colorado experienced a growth of Ku Klux Klan (KKK) membership. One man dared to challenge their effort and thwart attempts to take over the city, Police Detective Ron Stallworth. He launched an undercover investigation into the Klan, gained membership into the organization, briefly served as Duke’s bodyguard, and was eventually asked to be the leader of the Colorado Springs chapter. The irony of this investigation was that Stallworth is… A Black man. In the process he battled internal departmental politics to successfully pull off this “sting.” Black Klansman explains how he overcame these obstacles and accomplished this almost unbelievable unique achievement.


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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When it comes out: 
August 15
What the book is about: 
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry.

Three Seconds by Anders Roslund & Borge Hellström

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When it comes out: August 17
What the book is about: Piet Hoffman, a top secret operative for the Swedish police, is about to embark on his most dangerous assignment yet: after years spent infiltrating the Polish mafia, he’s become a key player in their attempt to take over amphetamine distribution inside Sweden’s prisons. To stop them from succeeding, he will have to go deep cover, posing as a prisoner inside the country’s most notorious jail. But when a botched drug deal involving Hoffman results in a murder, the investigation is assigned to the brilliant but haunted Detective Inspector Ewert Grens–a man who never gives up until he’s cracked the case. Grens’s determination to find the killer not only threatens to expose Hoffman’s true identity-it may reveal even bigger crimes involving the highest levels of power. And there are people who will do anything to stop him from discovering the truth.


The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

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When it comes out: August 17
What the book is about: There was once a little mermaid that fell in love with a human… This beloved story has been told and retold (and reworked) time and again, but the original is the story of a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain the love of a prince and a human soul. A deal with a sea witch makes pursuing these dreams possible, but not without enduring a great deal of pain and, ultimately, heartache.


Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby

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When it comes out: August 17
What the book is about: Annie loves Duncan — or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn’t. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music ten years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life.


Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan

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When it comes out: August 17
What the book is about: Why does the exclusive boarding school Blackwood have only four students? Kit walks the dark halls and feels a penetrating chill. What terror waits around the next corner?


Papillon by Henri Charrière

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When it comes out: August 24
What the book is about: Henri Charrière, called “Papillon,” for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 of a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he became obsessed with one goal: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, he was eventually sent to the notorious prison, Devil’s Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped . . . until Papillon. His flight to freedom remains one of the most incredible feats of human cunning, will, and endurance ever undertaken.


The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

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When it comes out: August 24
What the book is about: In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop – the only bookshop – in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town’s less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors’ lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florence’s warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: a town that lacks a bookshop isn’t always a town that wants one.


The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

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When it comes out: August 31
What the book is about: One postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country physician, is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once impressive and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. Its owners—mother, son, and daughter—are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become intimately entwined with his.













10 Unlikable Literary Heroines That We Love to Hate

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In Hollywood, likability – that nebulous, smile-pretty-for-the-camera mandate – is essential in our ladies. But in literature, there exists a long-standing tradition of female protagonists we love to hate – women whose constellation of sins are glorious tabula rasas onto which we project our issues, demons who entice us to embrace our own. The naughty list may be endless, but these bad girls are our favorites.

The cover of the book Medea and Other PlaysMedea and Other Plays


Medea: That divine former princess of Greek mythology can be extra-enchanting, but in Euripides’ titular play, she also has a nasty habit of extinguishing anyone inconvenient, including her own kids. No other cuckolded woman in history holds a candle to the Big M.


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William Shakespeare

Lady Macbeth: As the woman who convinces her husband to murder and manipulate his way to the throne, she’s one of Shakespeare’s most nefarious villians. But her line “Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top full of direst cruelty” distills the rage women throughout the ages have felt about being limited by their gender.


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Jane Austen

Lady Susan: Jane Austen’s least-revered heroine is also, to my mind, her most charismatic and liberated. Gorgeous in her forties, Susan lies, trash-talks, and sleeps with other women’s husbands, all while dropping a bevy of long-lashed demurrals and witty rejoinders.


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Gustave Flaubert

Emma Bovary: Everyone dissatisfied by life in the suburbs can empathize with Emma even if they judge her avariciousness. Stuck in Flaubert’s French provinces, she lives beyond her means in every sense of that term, and pays dearly for it.



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Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina: In modern parlance, Anna K would be dubbed a love addict, and prescribed meditation, medication, and twelve step groups. But in Tolstoy’s most spectacular novel, she’s a lady whose dedication to one undeserving man costs her everything–social standing, motherhood, even her own life–and wins our eternal admiration.


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Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet M. Welch: The heroine of Louise Fitzhugh’s beloved young adult novel Harriet the Spy eavesdrops, stalks, and considers all but her two best friends a fink or a phony. But she’s a terrifically honest soul who makes the world more charismatic one capital letter at a time.


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Marge Piercy

Connie Ramos: The protagonist of Marge Piercy’s brilliantly prescient Woman on the Edge of Time has a history of violence, drug abuse, and child neglect. But this resident of 1970s Spanish Harlem also fights the good fight in at least different eras, and takes us with her as she opens her heart and mind.


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Lionel Shriver

Eva Khatchadourian: The protagonist of Lionel Shriner’s We Need to Talk about Kevin is almost as misanthropic as her mass murderer of a son, but any woman who’s ambivalent about child-rearing can’t help relating to her, if only in a “there by the grace of goddess go I” capacity.


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Fay Weldon

Ruth Patchett: Unhappy, unbecoming, ungenteel, the housewife of Fay Weldon’s The Life and Loves of a She-Devil doesn’t have much to recommend her. But when her husband leaves her for a famous romance novelist, she exacts a revenge so delicious that it satiates everyone who’s felt like yesterday’s lunch.



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Gillian Flynn

Amy Dunne: Warning: Messing with the anti-heroine of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s bestselling crime thriller, can be dangerous to your career, reputation, and, oh yes, life. Does she goes too far? Definitely, but such cold calculation can be read as a corrective to bland male privilege.