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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter October 7, 2011 - 9:12am

There's a lot of talk of some really great writers here, but there aren't many women in the mix.  Anyone know of any really great female writers who really write raw?

My favourite is Jenn Farrell.  She has two short story collections, Sugar Bush and Other Stories and The Devil You Know.  They're both fantastic and I really recommend.

There's also Angela Carter and Joyce Carol Oates.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break October 7, 2011 - 9:18am

Lidia Yuknavitch.  Chronology of Water was one of my favorites of the year.

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Jen Todd is reading your lifeline and all signs are good October 7, 2011 - 9:47am

Poppy Z. Brite for me.  The girl could write me into a readers-coma by description alone.

Dorothy Allison, too.  Bastards Out of Carolina or Cavedweller.

Lois Duncan?  I'm not so sure raw is the right word for her work, but people enjoyed her thrillers-- I Know What You Did Last Summer.

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william.c.cathey from Georgia is reading What Is The What October 7, 2011 - 9:51am

Monica Drake's Clown Girl was raw-ish ha..

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Allison Urban from the bodies of people she's never met is reading Frankenstein October 7, 2011 - 10:10am

Miranda July's short story collection No One Belongs Here More Than You. I also really liked Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie, The Art Lover by Caroll Maso and Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link. 

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dalis_lips from no place in particular is reading *health psychology* October 7, 2011 - 10:30am

Jean Rhys is best known for her alternate take on the crazy woman in the attic from Jayne Eyre in Wide Sargasso Sea, but her short stories are amazing as well :)

Flannery O'Connor and her wicked sense of irony are an old favorite.

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dalis_lips from no place in particular is reading *health psychology* October 7, 2011 - 10:31am

and somehow i almost forgot Ursula K LeGuin :)

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 7, 2011 - 10:39am

4 of my favorite authors are woman (well, more than that but others have been named).

- Joan Didion - Play it as it Lays is brilliant

- Jo Ann Beard - The Boys of My Youth

- Joy Williams - The Quick and The Dead

- Amy Hemple - anything by her

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 7, 2011 - 10:55am

Margaret Laurence the Diviners et al

Doris Lessing Briefing for a Descent into Hell

Leslie Marmon Silko Ceremony

Toni Morrison Beloved

a few off the top of my head

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Achillez from Long Island, New York is reading The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway October 7, 2011 - 12:02pm

I don't know if I would call it "raw," but Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is great. Check out Trumpet by Jackie Kay as well.

Amy Hempel is also really good.

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 7, 2011 - 1:30pm

Kathy Acker - how could I forget Kathy! Great Expectations or Pussy King of the Pirates (and there's a CD of sea-chanties to accompany it - I think it's with the Mekons. Definitely a meeting of the odds - but Kathy is pure raw if that's what you're looking for, and as sharp as they come.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch October 7, 2011 - 1:41pm

Love Toni Morrison and Leslie Marmon Silko (even if they are "taught in school" - I sincerely love their writing. I think they manage to take an issue related to history or culture and make it very readable). Love Flannery O'Connor - totally agree with Dalis.

I'll throw Herta Muller in the mix - some of the things she writes are such powerful metaphors and the writing is very tight, sometimes gritty, not flowery but many times figurative. Loved The Passport by her.

Great thread Beka!!

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Zeka from New South Wales, Australia is reading Hack/Slash Omnibus Vol 2 October 8, 2011 - 5:23am

'Snakes an earrings' by Hitomi Kanehara is an amazing read. And this thread has made me realise how very few female authors I have in my book collection. Must rectify that.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 8, 2011 - 7:59am

You posting an asian writer reminded me of this book - Out by Natsuo Kirino.  I loved it.  It was almsot like a modern Crime and Punishment.  I've heard all of her books are good, but this is the only one I've read.

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Danny grant October 8, 2011 - 9:36am

The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel is an amazing novel. Stories like "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried", "The Harvest" and "The Annex" will definately leave a lasting impression on you.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is great as well.  

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 8, 2011 - 9:40am

i loved "al jolson" and also the one about the guy thats always trying to crack his teeth with ice water. not the best story structure wise, but the writing is glorious. it really shows how muscular very few words can be.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books October 8, 2011 - 11:22am

You know, I have a hard time getting into music with female vocalists, and I look at my bookshelf and see I don't have much by female writers, either. I do love Annie Proulx, but I don't know if that fits in the "theme" of writers and topics being discussed here. I think I might have to take notes on this thread and make a visit to the book store.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 8, 2011 - 3:21pm

i also thoroughly enjoyed THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, which a book of insanely short stories about growing up in a poor neighborhood. powerful, moving stories that develop sad and beautiful characters, but leave most of it to the reader's imagination somehow.

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Jack from England is reading texts of rejection from pretty ladies October 8, 2011 - 3:42pm

@Pete, Natsuo Kirino's a woman? I didn't know that. A good book though.

Of other women writers, Djuna Barnes's Nightwood is fantastic, and deserves to be called one of the best books of the twentieth century.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch October 8, 2011 - 3:57pm

Sandra Cisneros will be at my college Monday and I won't be able to see her...

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 8, 2011 - 3:59pm

Sandra Cisneros will be at my college Monday and I won't be able to see her...

 

thats a real bummer.

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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading October 8, 2011 - 4:06pm

I second Kathy Acker.

Also: Mary Gaitskill, AM Homes, Susan Sontag (though I haven't read her novels, her essays move me).

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 8, 2011 - 4:59pm

Margaret Atwood... Anyone?

Iris Murdoch also has some great moments.

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Virginia Woolf

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 8, 2011 - 8:38pm

@Jack: I had to google it to make sure before I posted, but yeah, she's a woman.  haha

@Phil: I've meant to read something by Kathy Acker and Mary Gaitskill forever now.  Where should I start?

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 8, 2011 - 8:42pm

@Pete: for Kathy Acker Great Expectations (it probably helps if you've read Dickens)

 

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club October 9, 2011 - 1:00am

I've enjoyed a few novels by Tana French.  Specifically In the Woods and The Likeness.

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Zeka from New South Wales, Australia is reading Hack/Slash Omnibus Vol 2 October 9, 2011 - 1:06am

@Pete - I can't believe I forgot Natsuo Kirino I've read 'grotesque' and 'real world'. Both very good novels. Grotesque especially because I love books about the perception of beauty.

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HoboWriterDK from Upstate, New York is reading White Teeth, by Zadie Smith October 9, 2011 - 1:30am

For anyone who enjoys creative nonfiction, Cheryl Strayed is excellent. I highly recommend googling her essay, The Love of My Life. She has a memoir called Wild coming out in March, as well.

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. October 9, 2011 - 2:44am

Gina Frangello (Slut Lullabies) & Grace Krilanovic (sp?)(The Orange Eats Creeps) are two interesting female authors that I ended up reading after hearing about them on The Cult. Both are worh checking out.

I'll second Miranda July as well.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz October 9, 2011 - 3:42am

I'll third July. Miranda is such an amazing talent.

And fourth Acker. I wish she was still writing. And alive.

I second Brandon's first of Lidia Yuknavitch's Chronology of Water. If you haven't read it prepare to have your tits blown off then sucked while they are lactating in Ken Kesey's vodka swimming pool.

Second Le Guin. Literary Science fucking fiction. Yes. Science fiction that is too real to shop at Wal Mart. I love her. She has nice tits too. I am going to see her tomorrow and get my The Lathe of Heaven tit licked.  Bragging. 

Amy Hempel. I see that and I raise you a...

Grace Krilanovich is on my list.

Just watched Jennifer Egan pull a 12-hour shift. She is raw. Power Point raw. Blondes have more intelligent fun raw. I'm in love. 

a visit from the goon squad

 

 

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. October 9, 2011 - 4:28am

I have Le Guin's Earthsea collection on my shelf, something I bought when I was on sci-fi binge a while back but never got round to reading. I do keep meaning to check it out.

 

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fummeltunte from Seattle is reading The Left Hand of Darkness October 9, 2011 - 5:26am

Yes. Science fiction that is too real to shop at Wal Mart. I love her. She has nice tits too. I am going to see her tomorrow and get my The Lathe of Heaven tit licked.  Bragging.

 

Ahaha Chester, thanks for the good laugh this morning. I just started on The Left Hand of Darkness and it's effing awesome. In the intro, Le Guin gives an amazing breakdown of why sci-fi is so legit and important before launching into some amazing storytelling.

Other favs of mine are Natsuo Kirono (awesome horror writer), Suzanne Collins (of Hunger Games fame), Jeanette Winterson (lesbianism in a labyrinth of art critique), and Hélène Cixous (literary  and feminist theory). 

 

 

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missesdash from Paris is reading The Informers October 9, 2011 - 10:10am

On the YA side I really like Courtney Summers. It's hard for find minimalism in YA and she does it really well.

And for more literary I like Nothing by Janne Teller

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 9, 2011 - 11:05am

If we're including non-fiction now too, I have to add Mary Roach to the list.  Stiff is an excellent book.

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dalis_lips from no place in particular is reading *health psychology* October 9, 2011 - 10:39pm

@ Pete: yes. stiff is hilarious :)

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books October 10, 2011 - 8:22pm

Oh I have heard amazing things about Mary Roach and she has long been on my "too many books, too little time" list. Maybe I need to bump her up.

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dalis_lips from no place in particular is reading *health psychology* October 10, 2011 - 9:09pm

@ Chester: so jealous... :) how was she

also Jayne Anne Phillips. the things she can do with one page...

 

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs October 10, 2011 - 9:33pm

Dorothy Hughes, Patricia Highsmith, Selah Saterstrom, Katherine Dunn's Geek Love, Mary Gaitskill's Bad Behavior (although I hated it), Kim Addonizio's In the Box Called Pleasure, and maybe Monica O'Rourke (who I've never read and don't have the faintest idea if she's any good, but I believe her writing belongs in the splattercore subgenre and I can't think of another female author who writes in that genre--which is extreme horror stuff--although Poppy Z. Brite has a story in an old Splatterpunk anthology. Come to think of it, her novel, Exquisite Corpse, probably belongs in the subgenre. Although she isn't exactly "female" anymore.)

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Jeremiah Murphy from Idaho is reading A Little Life October 11, 2011 - 2:16pm

I know it's already been mentioned several times but Nobody Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July is amazing. Really changed my perpective on short stories and fiction in general.

Also Clown Girl by Monica Drake. I seriously feel like she wrote this book by slowly crafting one amazing sentence at a time. So many times while reading this book I had to stop and read a sentence over and over because it was just too awesome. The book is also full of a ton really great kafka references.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs October 11, 2011 - 2:34pm

I was really into Miranda July's stories when they were being published by various lit journals and tracked down as much as I could. But when they were collected together in a book, I found I didn't really care for it. The stories seemed too same-y.I enjoyed them more when they were in different issues of lit journals and surrounded by stories from other writers. Regardless, I don't see her writing as being very "raw," although perhaps it is and I'm not remembering it well. It's been a long time since I've read anything by her.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 11, 2011 - 4:12pm

I agree with you, Bradley, about Miranda July.  Her stories are great if you run across them once in while in a lit mag or something.  But, I didn't care for her collection.

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lynx_child from Seattle is reading The Dresden Files series October 11, 2011 - 7:06pm

I'm a huge fan of Emma Bull, especially her book Territory.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs October 11, 2011 - 9:04pm

Nevertheless, I remember the website that advertised Miranda July's book was super cool.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 11, 2011 - 9:50pm

The website is what got me to buy the book! 

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch October 11, 2011 - 9:57pm

I made it to see Sandra Cisneros this evening! I loved that she said she usually writes so honestly that she thinks she'll never give it to publishers, and she compared the honesty of her writing to having a room where she can yell and scream without worrying someone will hear her. She was very entertaining and sweet.

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McGuigan from California, USA is reading The Human Stain, Philip Roth October 11, 2011 - 10:35pm

Ayn Rand is probably my favorite lady writer.  The Fountainhead was particulalry interesting for me.  We The Living and Atlas Shrugged are a couple of her other books.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break October 12, 2011 - 11:41am

@Martin

I read with Gina last month in Chicago.  Nice lady.  Very tiny.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz October 13, 2011 - 6:36am

@mishmash,

Well if you liked Monica Drake's Clown Girl start gearing up for her next Novel due out 2012 titled Studbook. She just sold it to Crown scoring a six figure signing bonus. Also, in related news, Clown Girl was recently optioned by SNL's Kristin Wiig who will write and direct it. Keep your eyes peeled because Monica will likely appear around here in one facet or another. As a coulrophile I will be sitting at the entrance gate. She'll probably sneak in the back door though, knowing her.

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Greg Eidson from Los Angeles, CA is reading The Alchemist - Paul Coelho October 12, 2011 - 8:44pm

Mary Gaitskill is great. So is Amy Hempel. 

Beckers did you ever read The Chronology Of Water?

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lynx_child from Seattle is reading The Dresden Files series October 12, 2011 - 11:04pm

Also Agatha Christie.