Harper Lee? Have just finished Go Set a Watchman, and was pleased to find the world didn't end.
It's hard to say that I 'liked' it. I didn't hate it, and it was an easy read in the sense the characters were familiar, if a little disappointing. Scout spends a lot of time reminiscing, and internalising complicated situations in her head, and I would end it differently. But hey, this was never supposed to be published, so we take what we can get, right?
Interested if others have read it, and what your thoughts are.
cut off as she approached her prime
I agree. With the works she had produced, at 51 you’d think the world was ahead of her. Fuck cancer.
If we’re making lists, some perhaps not mentioned above:
Janette Turner Hospital ( Due Preparations for the Plague, The Claimant)
Téa Obreht, who has yet to follow up the amazing debut The Tiger’s Wife, but apparently is working on something.
Rachel Kushner, although The Flame Throwers wasn’t quite as good as the hype suggested, IMO.
A Bogan politician would then be an oxymoron
Tim Shadbolt is indeed an oxymoron.
The idea of not reading women writers is about as absurd to me as not liking bacon.
After Ursula Le Guin, Angela Carter probably had the strongest impact on me as an early reader. It was a long time ago now, but reading The Passion of New Eve at an impressionable age... left an impression.
More recently friends at Time Out Bookstore (plug) recommended Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Series, and I read the first three in quick succession, and am eagerly awaiting the 4th and final one due in translation later this year.
Ferrante seems to me to have one of the strongest female (strangely I wanted to say 'not male') voices in any fiction I've read, and I loved it.
Also, because I'm not above blowing smoke (cough), Emma, your writing 'voice' is one of my favourites. :-)
ETA: Oh right, I didn’t read the comments. Wilco has already been listed.
New CHVRCHES also.
Loving the Tame Impala too. ‘Nangs!’
Go tell someone who isn’t Chinese. It’s not really the right moment.
I don’t feel inclined to add much to this except my support for Tze Ming, Keith, and others who are exposing this for what it is. It feels like a giant step backwards.
Aren’t we better than this?