In the recent issue of The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik writes: “In American writing, there are three perfect books, which seem to speak to every reader and condition: “Huckleberry Finn,” “The Great Gatsby,” and “The Catcher in the Rye.” All three very good books, but what about the women? We think Gopnik’s pantheon leaves out some equally wonderful American novels written by women. If we were to add to this list, we might start with Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, then, perhaps, Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Eudora Welty or Toni Morrison.
Which three “perfect books” by American female novelists would you put on the list? Sorry, Margaret Atwood, no Canadians here. Weigh in on twitter by sending a message to @strothmanagency or using the hashtag #AmWomenWriters