What other authors do we Atwood lovers read?
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For example, besides Atwood (and it seems that the women writers come first to mind for me), I have also enjoyed Angela Carter, Joyce Carol Oates, Helen Dunmore, Anne Tyler, George Eliot, and the Brontes in great quantity. Also lesser knowns: Margot Livesey, Julianna Baggott, Kate Grenville, Octavia Butler and Karen Joy Fowler. On my list to read more of are: Toni Morrison, Margaret Drabble, A. S. Byatt, Doris Lessing, Jane Urquhart, Sarah Waters and Ali Smith (to name a few). I have been consciously reading fiction by women over the last ten to twenty years - which is not to say I do not read books written by men, but I don't seem to read them with the "I-need-to-read-everything-by-this-author" compulsion I have had with women authors (at the moment anyways...)
How about you? Do you see any connections between your other favorites and Atwood?
As for connections...French and Piercy (along with Atwood) always seem to write characters that touch me.
Winterson and Dick write stories that sometimes mess with my head.
I see Trollope as an excellent 'story writer' and consider that Elphinstone deserves this label.
What is it that you like about her writing? And can you recommend other books she has written that I should try?
I did pick up another Winterson at a library sale tonight....another Munro also (she's another I'd like to read more of).