Things in Print Thursday :: a play-by-play of the New York Times’ notable fiction & poetry books of the year and women

4 Dec

As usual, just a statisticdump.

Authors
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
American Innovations by Rivka Galchen
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel
Bark: Stories by Lorrie Moore
The Blazing World by Siri Hust­vedt
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis
The Cold Song by Linn Ullmann
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Euphoria by Lily King
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
Lena Finkle’s Magical Barrel by Anya Ulinich
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose
The Moor’s Account by Laila La­lami
Motherland Fatherland Homosexuals by Patricia Lockwood
Panic in a Suitcase by Yelena Akhtiorskaya
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Thirty Girls by Susan Minot
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: Book 3, The Neapolitan Novels: “Middle Time.”  by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein
Wallcreeper by Nell Zink
When Mystic Creatures Attack! by Kathleen Founds

Central protagonist
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld (with Jake)
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (with Marie-Laure)
American Innovations by Rivka Galchen (with a variety of characters)
The Blazing World by Siri Hust­vedt (with Harriet)
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (with Boy)
Euphoria by Lily King (with Margaret)
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride (with a female narrator who is unnamed at least in the Times review)
Lena Finkle’s Magical Barrel by Anya Ulinich (with the titular Lena)
Lila by Marilynne Robinson (with the titular Lila)
Nora Webster by Colm Toibin (with the titular Nora)
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (with Frances)
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: Book 3, The Neapolitan Novels: “Middle Time.”  by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein (with Elena and Lila)
Wallcreeper by Nell Zink (with Tiffany)
When Mystic Creatures Attack! by Kathleen Founds (with Ms. Freedman)

26 out of 50 books (or 52%) were written by women.  Yay!  14 out of 50 books (or 28%) had female central protagonists.

–your fangirl heroine.

mannerly snark

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