I’ve been reading and enjoying a fair amount of hard-boiled crime books over the past year or so. It never really occurred to me how hyper masculine and macho these books tend to be. So here’s a collection of writing by women from the mid 20th century, which Weinman places in a category she dubs “domestic-suspense.” And it sounds pretty good. Definitely worth a shot for crime fiction fans who want to keep their misogyny in check.
Novella’s don’t get nearly enough love. Dirda (who has been on a tear of digging up classic books and tongue-bathing them lately) agrees with me. I had never heard of Janet Lewis before, by “The Wife of Martin Guerre” is a vaguely familiar title. This 70 year-old example, which tells of a woman abandoned for war reunited with a husband stranger years later, sounds like a thoughtful novel of sensibility. Definitely worth a peek, and worth adding to your backlog of classics-you’ll-get-to-someday.