Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Five novels about women who did what they wanted

C. W. Gortner holds an MFA in writing, with an emphasis on historical studies, from the New College of California. He is the internationally acclaimed and bestselling author of Mademoiselle Chanel, The Queen’s Vow, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici, The Last Queen, The Vatican Princess, and Marlene, among other books.

His new book is The First Actress: A Novel of Sarah Bernhardt.

At LitHub Gortner tagged five favorite novels about "inspiring historical women, who decided to do it their way." One title on the list:
Paula McLain, Love and Ruin

Paula McLain hit the zeitgeist with her massive bestseller The Paris Wife, about famed alcoholic writer Ernest Hemingway’s beleaguered first two wives. In Love and Ruin, she turns to feisty Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway’s third spouse, whose struggle to reconcile personal fulfillment with her drive to be a successful journalist takes her to Spain during the brutal civil war and onto the blood-soaked beaches of Normandy. Like many of us, Martha must learn by trial and error that we never get to have it all, but she makes the tough choice to have what she deserves.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue