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What makes a winning book? Women's Prize for Fiction

Why we still need the Women’s Prize for Fiction

This separation or segregation of women’s writing should be understood as part of the patriarchal control of what and who matters – and, historically, women have not.
Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train has sold 23 million copies, and the film adaptation was a box office smash. DreamWorks Pictures/Universal Pictures via AP

Friday essay: beyond ‘girl gone mad melodrama’ — reframing female anger in psychological thrillers

There’s something disturbing about a story tracking a character’s mental decline for thrills. Happily, Paula Hawkins’ new novel, A Slow Fire Burning, joins a genre of books bucking this trend.
Nathalie Jolivert, ‘World Championship: Dessalines Pa Ap Pran Go l,’ Acrylic on Canvas 90 in x 192 in. (c) Nathalie Jolivert

4 Haitian novels that beautifully blend history, memory and reality

Confronted with centuries of exploitation by their country’s ruling class and foreign powers, Haitian writers warn against the impulse to seek solace in outside intervention or cynical humor.
Reading diverse books can help young adults understand conversations around race better. Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision

Summer reading: 5 books for young people that deal with race

While teachers are under increased pressure to tread carefully in the classroom on issues of race, books that deal with themes of racism can offer a way forward.

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