Flying Books' first-anniversary flight is devoted to fiction by women. I'm with Paulina Chiziane, the first Mozambican woman to publish a novel, whose The First Wife is a shining example of, well, shine theory. I'm with Chris Kraus, author of the iconic I Love Dick (the TV pilot is good, but the book is better [duh]). I'm with Joni Murphy, whose brilliant Double Teenage was a deserving bestseller at Type Books. I'm with Leopoldine Core, whose story collection, When Watched, gently cuts to the heart of all matters. I'm with Jade Sharma not despite but because of her Problems. I'm with Magda Szabo, whose masterpiece, The Door, portrays difficult truths about human connection and disconnection. I'm with Man Booker shortlister Ottessa Moshfegh because Eileen is crazy good. I'm with Yaa Gyasi, whose Homegoing is an incredible feat of imagination, spanning centuries. I'm with Emma Cline for getting at something true and original about female influence in The Girls. And I'm with Lucia Berlin, whose simple, unadorned stories in A Manual for Cleaning Women are finally being celebrated as the little miracles they are.
I could go on about the connections among these books — cleaning, drugs, sex, art, self-harm, self-abnegation, prostitution, female friendship — but it will be way more fun for you to read and marvel at them separately and together. Get with all of them at a Flying Books location near you.