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.

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“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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