How To Be a Heroine

Samantha Ellis’s How To Be a Heroine brought up all kinds of issues for me about how and why women read fiction. My review of it is now up at The Rumpus.


“Why do we read? Besides entertainment and escape, intellectual stimulation, and exposure to a world beyond our limited experience, one of the most fundamental reasons is to gain a perspective on our own existence. Ever since the novel was invented, women and girls, especially, have sought in its pages inspirational heroines to emulate.”

Read the rest here . . .


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  1. Anne, Gasp. What a great review. I had not heard of Samantha’s book, but it’s going on my must-read list right now. Constructing rich, balanced, full-life characters is my challenge and greatest joy. I can’t wait to learn from Samantha’s research and thoughts. Thank you.

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