WOMEN AUTHORS SPOLIGHT: Jane Austen

It’s the last day of March and the ending to the Women Authors Spotlight series for now. My full line up was  Chimamanda Adichie, Toni Morrison, Monica Ali and I’m ending with,  what I liked to call, a throwback author. I had to include her because if you haven’t read Jane Austen, you’ve been living under a rock. Her most notably novels: Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Mansfield Park, just to name a few. I thought it interesting her name wasn’t well-known until after death since most of her novels were published anonymously. In addition, her novels didn’t conform to what was considered popular in her era, which I appreciate. I love when writers create their own rules and it works.

I appreciate her style of writing known for her satirical commentary. Many literary quotes derived from her works. Though, I haven’t read all of her novels my two favorites thus far are Pride and Prejudice and Emma. What are some of your favorites from Jane Austen? Who are some of your favorite women authors? Did you enjoy the series?

 

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Ebby ♥

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Monica Ali

Toni Morrison

Chimamanda Adichie


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WOMEN AUTHORS SPOTLIGHT: Monica Ali

I was browsing through Blockbuster one evening, yes, I said Blockbuster and I came across the movie, Brick Lane. I tend to enjoy movies that are unheard of, limited release, or film festival etc. I loved the story of Brick Lane so much that I purchased it. I didn’t know until years later that it was a debut novel by Monica Ali, a Bangladeshi-born British writer. It centers on life of Nazneen, a Bangladeshi woman, who moved to London due to an arrange marriage to a much older man named, Chanu. The novel is about Nazneen’s adaptation to the new community, and discovering herself beyond the role of a wife and homemaker. This is my first time reading the novel and so far so good as expected, since novels tend to be far better than the movie.

Are you familiar with Monica Ali? Have you read Brick Lane? Any suggestions on my next read from her?

Ebby

Last week’s spotlight was Toni Morrison


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WOMEN AUTHORS SPOTLIGHT: Toni Morrison

I’m shocked and disappointed that I did not discover Toni Morrison, an American novelist until my sophomore year of college. How is that possible, especially with the novel and movie, Beloved, one of her most notable work. The first book I read from her was The Bluest Eye. Immediately, I was in awe with how real, and how genuine she was. She discussed and wrote things that people don’t normally say aloud. I was intrigued by her bravery to be unapologetically raw. It is because of her that I attempt to stay true to my thoughts and dare to write the words I’d otherwise be timid to speak in person. Recently, I read her latest novel, God Help the Child. It isn’t my favorite from her, but I still appreciate her style of writing. Not only is this woman an incredible writer, but an exceptional motivational speaker too. Her books, her ideologies have been quite controversial lately, but I love and admire how she remains true to herself, regardless of opinions. She knows what she wants, and who she is, not only as a person but as a writer and she does not bend for anyone. I want to be more like her when I grow up. ; ) What are your favorite pieces from Toni Morrison?

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Ebby ♥

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Women Authors Spotlight: Chimamanda Adichie

Americanah

 

If you haven’t noticed by now, March is Women’s Month. Yay! #Girlpower I’m highlighting a few of my favorite female authors over the remaining weeks. This week, I will begin with Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie.

I first stumbled upon this incredible author (I may lose some writer credibility admitting this) in Beyonce’s song, “Flawless.” In the song, there is  an excerpt of Adichie’s speech, “Why Everyone Should be a Feminist.” The words moved me, so much so, that I looked her up. The first book I read was, “Half of a Yellow Sun,” a love story surrounding the short lived nation of Biafran. I watched the movie too. The next book, my current read, is “Americanah.” This woman has a way with words, and a unique way of storytelling that I absolutely love. Plus, I appreciate an author, who knows how to create realistically flawed characters. I heard there is a movie in the works for this one too, and I can’t wait! If you haven’t checked her out yet, I suggest beginning with “Americanah.”

Are you familiar with this amazing woman’s work? Any suggestions on my next read from her?

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Ebby ♥


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