Miranda July

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Ho Sok Fong: Life for Malaysian women in a strict, patriarchal country is the focus of the author’s second collection

A giant wall erected by the government. A world where mistresses are a part of the family. An internment camp for women who refuse to fit neatly into (...)

 Brigid O’Dea: “If love could cure me, I’d never so much as sneeze again.”

After losing yet another hour of my “bedbound” day wandering aimlessly through YouTube’s more obscure corners, it is hard not to feel like my life has(...)

Kristen Roupenian  stories offer abrasive, painfully aware accounts of relationships in turmoil.

In December 2017, Kristen Roupenian’s story Cat Person went viral after publication in the New Yorker. The 4,000-word story about lousy heterosexual s(...)

Ernest Hemingway: “Always stop while you are going good.” Photograph: Lloyd Arnold/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Over the past year, Helen Gordon and I have been putting together Being a Writer, a collection of musings, tips and essays from some of our favourite (...)

Patty Yumi Cottrell’s Sorry to Disrupt the Peace is a beautifully sad and funny debut that disturbs the peace and makes no apologies for doing so. Photograph: Hanly Banks Callahan

“How is anybody supposed to live with anything?” In her extraordinary debut, Patty Yumi Cottrell gives her 32-year-old narrator Helen Moran the imposs(...)

Alexandra Kleeman: “The author is great on the beauty industry, including a wonderful sequence where A literally paints B to life.”

“B and I were both petite, pale, and prone to sunburn. We had dark hair, pointy chins, and skinny wrists; we wore size six shoes. If you reduced each (...)

Not long after Kurt Cobain made it okay for disenfranchised youth to howl in discontent as a collective Generation X, college drop-out – and now film-(...)

They don’t call it the service industry for nothing. In a fine-dining Dallas steakhouse where 21-year-old Marie Young earns up to $700 a shift in tip(...)

Rachel B Glaser: she brings a scalpel to her story of creative women looking to find their feet in modern America

Getting new fiction off to a new year is a cracking debut novel from a talented young American writer. Rachel B Glaser’s Paulina and Fran is an astut(...)

Elizabeth Gilbert: there are too many female characters in literature for whom “marriage is the end of their story”. Photograph: The New York Times

‘Whom to marry, and when it will happen – these two questions define every woman’s existence, regardless of where she was raised or what religion she (...)

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