Feminist Literature, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Our Kind of Cruelty by Hall

Araminta Hall’s Our Kind of Cruelty is not a surprising read filled with twists and turns. It is largely exposition with very little action. From the first pages, you know how the story is going to evolve, and it is straightforward in its arc. The message is more powerful than the plot, and it is… Continue reading Our Kind of Cruelty by Hall

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Feminist Literature, Literary Fiction, Mythology

CIRCE by Miller

Madeline Miller’s Circe is a gorgeous exploration of the human condition as studied by a distinctly nonhuman protagonist. At the heart of this saga is the titular character, an unexceptional nymph turned powerful witch, and the narrative arc is one of personal development and supposed female empowerment. Circe’s life before and after her exile to… Continue reading CIRCE by Miller

Classic, Feminist Literature, Modernist Literature

To the Lighthouse by Woolf

To the Lighthouse is Virginia Woolf at her insightful, lyrical, complex best. In a bold literary experiment that explores the traditional family structure, Woolf has created a classic piece of modernist literature imbued with the feminist commentary for which she was so well-known. Rather than following a distinct plot arch, Woolf incorporates the tenets of… Continue reading To the Lighthouse by Woolf

Feminist Literature

The Female Persuasion by Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion is touted as a brilliant feminist novel for this current political climate. While the story is dedicated to exploring the nuances of being a woman and the oft-times thorny dynamics of female friendship and mentorship, the plot is more of a millennial coming of age story than a triumph of… Continue reading The Female Persuasion by Wolitzer

Classic, Feminist Literature, Short Story

The Yellow Wallpaper by Gilman

Published in 1891 in the New England Magazine, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” is often labeled as gothic horror but more accurately deserves the genres of psychological thriller and domestic noir. The short story revolves around a female narrator, obedient to her physician husband and confined to one large airy room in a vacation… Continue reading The Yellow Wallpaper by Gilman