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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.

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