From the United Press review of A Certain Smile by Françoise Sagan (1956): A Certain Smile by Françoise Sagan (translated from the French, Un Certain Sourire) is that rare delight, a second novel that fulfills the promise of the author’s first. Young as Miss Sagan is, her writing is imbued with a maturity so naturally presented as to seem not in the least surprising.
Here, as in Bonjour Tristesse, Miss Sagan’s heroine is a young girl acting out of purely selfish motives, and finds herself embroiled in something far beyond her capabilities. Read More→
There are so many great biographies of classic women authors — what to choose depends on which authors you love and want to know about. A great biography reveals much about the author’s inner lives as well as their often tumultuous public lives.
This list of a dozen biographies is by no means definitive and nowhere near exhaustive — it’s simply a great place to start when you want to learn more about your favorite women writers of the recent past. Read More→
From the 2006 St. Martin’s Griffin edition of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields: To Kill a Mockingbird is the most widely read American novel ever.
Yet its creator, Harper Lee, has become a mysterious figure who routinely turns away reporters.
Mockingbird is a colorful portrait of this unconventional, high-spirited, and sometimes hardheaded woman who loved her Southern home and the craft of writing and who — from these undying affections — created a book whose power has never diminished. Read More→