1. Toni Morrison, African American, perhaps America’s greatest living writer. Author of many novels. Her first, The Bluest Eye, is a good introduction to her work.

2. Shin Kyung-Sook, Korean author of Please Look After Mother, the 2012 winner of the Asia Man Literary Award.

3. Louise Erdrich, Native American author of a group of novels about the past and present of her Ojibwa people. Her latest book, Round House, won the National Book Award in the USA.

4. Alexis Wright, Indigenous Australian author of Carpentaria, written in the sweeping language and legends of her tradition and of her more conventional Plains of Promise.

5. Edwidge Danticat, Haitian American, who writes of the experiences of the people of Haiti in books like Breath, Eyes, Memory.

6. Bapsi Sidhwa, Pakistani author whose novels, like Cracking India, express her perspective as a Parsi (Zoroastrian).

7. Chimamanda Adichie, Nigerian author of Half a Yellow Sun and other novels, which tell of people involve in her nation’s post-independence struggles.

8. Helen Oyeyemi, British and Nigerian author who writes speculative fiction about immigration and identity including Icarus Daughter and Opposite House.

9. Suniti Namjoshi, Indian writer of fables and other imaginative writings such as Feminist Fables.

10.Sandra Cisneros, Chicana, writes of the experiences of Mexicans growing up in the United States in Carmelo and shorter works.

11.Gloria Anzaldúa, Chicana, draws on her childhood in South Texas, on the border between Mexico and the USA, to create a statement of what it means to be a “New Mestiza” who spans cultures in her Borderlands.

12.Marie NDiaye, a French writer of Africa descent who writes of women’s hardships in intense novels like Rosie Carpe and Three Strong Women.

13.Elizabeth Nunez, from Trinidad, she writes novels of the Carribean and of Africa including Prospero’s Daughter.

14.Leila Ahmed, an Egyptian who has written of Muslim women in her personal memoir, Border Crossing, and her scholarly history, Women and Gender in Islam.

As I tried to suggest what each of these authors have written in a sentence or two, I realized how they deal with similar themes; the stories of their own people, immigration, identity, and spanning the gulfs between cultures. And all write sensitively about a variety of women.


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