Sense and Sensibility
As a teacher, I spend a lot of time reading texts for class (not to mention student writing). But I recently made time for Sense and Sensibility, which is probably my favorite of Austen’s novels. I love how warm and supportive the Dashwood ladies are. I value works that show strong connections among women so highly.
The House of the Spirits
I’m re-reading this one for an independent study in world literature I’m coordinating at school. Every time I read it, I fall in love with Allende’s poetic style all over again. This novel has been hugely influential in how I approach women’s relationships in my own writing, so it’s a real touchstone for me. Though I originally read it in Spanish, the translation is gorgeous.
A Fine Imitation
Set in the 1920s, Amber Brock’s debut novel, A Fine Imitation, is an intoxicating work of historical fiction that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world, flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruin. Here, the author shares the books on her reading list.
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