On Tuesday I finished Katherine Mansfield's The Garden Party and Other Stories (read my review). My favorite stories from this book -- including the title work -- continued to occupy my thoughts the rest of the week. I find it so important to seek out women writers and get to know their work. This article, published this week in The Guardian, recommends several contemporary female novelists. Author Elaine Showalter explores why women are often overlooked and does a fine job of educating her audience on the work of six American novelists including Toni Morrison, Marilynn Robinson, and Annie Proulx. I've found lately that not only do I enjoy reading the work of today's women, I like learning about those who went before, both famous (Jane Austen), and not-so-famous, at least to me (Katherine Mansfield). These women paved the way, and both their struggle and their work are quite interesting to me.
After finishing the Mansfield I was ready for a novel, but I also had a collection of essays calling my name. So at the moment I have two books on the go. The Siege of Krishnapur, by J.G. Farrell, won the Booker Prize in 1973. It's the story of an 1857 mutiny in an Indian village, and provides vivid historic detail while also satirizing the British colonials. The essays are contained in Maya Angelou's Letter to my Daughter, and are filled with all the wisdom one expects from Ms. Angelou. At the same time, it's a light easy read and a good antidote to the war and bloodshed in Farrell's book.
So, that's my reading this week. I wish all of you a fine Sunday's reading!