Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Eight titles about women’s invisible labor

Brandi Wells is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at California State University, Fullerton. They have an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Southern California. They’ve published a novella, This Boring Apocalypse, and a chapbook of stories, Please Don’t Be Upset.

Wells's new novel is The Cleaner.

At Electric Lit they tagged "eight books that explore invisible women and their labor," including:
The Woman in the Wall by Patrice Kindl

In this novel, the protagonist is quite literally invisible. Unless she stands the right way and has the proper light, her family can’t even see her. She has to give a little wave or a shout to get their attention. Teachers and classmates can’t see her, so it makes sense that she should stay at home. And she loves this—she makes herself small and reconstructs parts of her house so she can slip along behind walls and reside in closed off rooms. Readers will delight in watching her secret life, which she spends caring for those around her. All the while she watches the lives of her family, as well as friends of her sisters who come and go, and all the activities that make up a life where one is seen.
Read about another entry on the list.

Coffee with a Canine: Patrice Kindl and Dante.

--Marshal Zeringue