it’s international women’s day, and i’m not that big on hashtags (despite sporadic participation), but i’m all about opportunities to share asian-american and [east] asian books-in-translation (i admit/acknowledge that my geographic focus is narrow). here are ten books by international women i love.
- banana yoshimoto, lizard (washington square press, 1995)
- marilynne robinson, lila (FSG, 2014)
- krys lee, drifting house (viking, 2012)
- ruth ozeki, a tale for the time being (penguin, 2013)
- mary shelly, frankenstein (penguin clothbound classics, 2013)
- han kang, human acts (portobello books, 2016)
- helen macdonald, h is for hawk (grove press, 2015)
- charlotte brontë, jane eyre (penguin clothbound classics, 2009)
- jang eun-jin, no one writes back (dalkey archive press, 2013)
- shin kyung-sook, i’ll be right there (other press, 2014)
also, one of my favorite book quotes comes from yoshimoto’s “helix,” a story which can be found in her collection, lizard:
“even when i have crushes on other men, i always see you in the curve of their eyebrows.” (64)
happy international reading!