Thursday, January 16, 2020

Four difficult women characters worth celebrating

Louisa Luna is the author of the novels Brave New Girl, Crooked, and Serious As A Heart Attack. She was born and raised in the city of San Francisco and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Luna's new novel, The Janes, is the second to feature Alice Vega, a private investigator known for finding the missing, and her partner Cap.

At CrimeReads Luna tagged four difficult women characters worth celebrating, including:
First there’s Ree Dolly from Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone—Okay, granted, this one’s not a shocker to anyone. Ree can chop wood, shoot a rifle, talk tough, and take a whopping of a beating, all while tracking her bail-jumping father through the freezing Ozarks. And she’s sixteen, and she’s raising her two brothers. But what I really love about Ree, what stays with me more than any of the tough stuff, or rather, what I believe is the actual tough stuff is how she turns her desperation into honesty. It’s not that she’s too brave to be scared; rather her fear is what motivates her, and she readily exposes it. Her Uncle Teardrop’s advice sums up how she already seems to be living her life: “You got to be ready to die every day—then you got a chance.”
Read about another entry on the list.

Winter's Bone is among Carl Vonderau's nine greatest moral compromises in crime fiction, Adam Sternbergh's six top crime novels that double as great literature and Lauren Passell's ten must-read books that take place in the Midwest.

--Marshal Zeringue