Learn about six female authors in publishing today and their most recent title.
Some of the most profound books published in the past couple of years were written by female authors. Just in time for Women's History Month, BookPal has put together a list of female authors you should know and their latest book:
1. Nadia Hashimi — author of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
Her debut novel is a searing tale of fate, powerlessness and free will. Hashimi draws upon her Afghan roots to tell the story of Rahima, who performs the ancient custom of bacha posh (a custom that allows her to dress and be treated like a boy until she is of marriageable age).
2. Katherine Boo — author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers
When Behind the Beautiful Forevers was first released, it was celebrated as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Oprah Magazine and Publishers Weekly. In the book, Boo, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, immerses herself in the slum of Annawadi and recounts the tragic story of its residents.
3. Celeste Ng — author of Everything I Never Told You
Everything I Never Told You is the story of a Chinese American family in the 1970s living in a small town in Ohio. Ng, who also grew up in Ohio, was raised in a family of scientists; she draws upon her personal experience to pen this profoundly moving story of family, history and the meaning of home. Everything I Never Told You is a suspenseful page-turner that explores divisions between cultures, within a family and between generations.
4. Jennifer Niven — author of All the Bright Places
Already set to become a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning, Niven's first young adult novel is an intense, powerful novel about love, life and death. As an experienced writer who has successfully penned both fiction and nonfiction books, Niven harnesses her skills to share the story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
5. Jandy Nelson — author of I'll Give you the Sun
With a BA from Cornell, an MFA in poetry from Brown and another MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Nelson knows the ins and outs of writing. Her skills are showcased in I'll Give You the Sun, a book about first love, loss and betrayal told from the point of view of two twins, Jude and Noah.
6. Tiphanie Yanique — author of Land of Love and Drowning
Yanique sets her 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize winning-novel, Land of Love and Drowning, in the land of her birthplace, the Virgin Islands. The vibrant novel chronicles three generations of an island family, and is filled with magic, love, loyalties, death and triumphs.
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