Things in Print Thursday :: this is a fascinating experiment in coming-of-age novels sue me

26 Nov

This list is from and came up when I searched “most important coming-of-age novels.”  This is a good time to reiterate that the statistics here are based on the information I can find in the list’s blurbs, Wikipedia, and Amazon, and assumes that white and heterosexual are the default states, because that’s so often the case.

  1. Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? (Lorrie Moore): white heterosexual female protagonist.
  2. Allegra Maud Goldman (Edith Konnecky): Jewish heterosexual female protagonist.
  3. Prep (Curtis Sittenfield): white heterosexual female protagonist.
  4. Weetzie Bat (Francesca Lia Block): white heterosexual female protagonist.
  5. Summer Sisters (Judy Blume): one of the protagonists is white bisexual (“heteroflexible,” according to the list) female, at least.
  6. Bastard Out of Carolina (Dorothy Allison): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  7. Fun Home (Alison Bechdel): white lesbian female protagonist.
  8. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (Julia Alvarez): Dominican female heterosexual protagonist.
  9. White Oleander (Janet Fitch): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  10. Annie John (Jamaica Kincaid): Afro-Caribbean female apparently heterosexual according to the author despite implications protagonist.

–your fangirl heroine.





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