Other authors you might recommend to Atwood fans...
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The author who comes first to my mind is Helen Dunmore. Her novels are very different but I think it's something about her female characters that leads me to suggest her. I think she elevates the lives of women and what would be considered by some a domestic story. She doesn't shy away from the political but chooses to see it with a different, perhaps more female, eye. Like Atwood, she is also a poet and she has also, like Atwood, written children's books.
One must assume that if one recommends an authors they can also recommend a title or two....please?
For Helen Dunmore, I think my favorite thus far is The Siege; it's pretty bleak stuff (Seige of Leningrad) but sometimes the most human stories are told in the harshest of settings...
For those who like Atwood's short stories, you've got to try Alice Munro who has won many a Governor General's award for her short story collections. They always feature women and girls as the main protagonists. Her earlier collections are perhaps more accessible, straight-forward narratives. The later ones are a bit more difficult to understand. She often leaves me wanting more, which is good, I guess, but sometimes frustrating.
I'm going away for a few days later this week and am taking Jane
Urquhart's Away with me. Perhaps I will finally tap into my collection of unread Urquhart novels! Then again, I'm taking at least 7 books with me:-)
I think I would also recommend another Canadian (of Indian descent), Anita Rau Badami, who has three books out now. I think they have not received as much attention here in the states as they deserve, although that would be difficult for this last book, Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?, which hasn't been published here at all. While not necessarily like Atwood, she is a worthy writer that I think Atwood fans would enjoy (also if you like Lahiri, Suri...etc., then you may like. . .).
(Personally, I think Greg needs to do something new and different.)
My favs are Not Wanted on the Voyage and Headhunter by Findley and a group of short stories called We So Seldom Look On Love by Gowdy.