Every March, Women's History Month highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.
At Gramercy Books, we kick off our month's programs on March 5th, 7 pm with a novel, American Duchess, written by a woman (New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper) about a woman (Consuelo Vanderbilt) who defied expectation and social convention to become a strong force for good and one of the most fascinating women at the turn of the 20thcentury. Harper has published contemporary suspense and historical novels about real British women since 1982.
So, during a month that celebrates the impact of women on our world, it is with pride that I feature the following four books being released in March, written by women and about women, each reflecting a different life experience.
First, a new novel about female friendship and the larger forces that shape them, by New York Times bestselling author Lisa See. The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of a small Korean island, Jeju Island, and the dramatic history that shaped their lives. This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. Named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women, Lisa See is the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the History Maker’s Award from the Chinese American Museum.
Another March release, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is one we’re featuring for an upcoming Gramercy’s Book Club discussion (May 14, 7 pm). A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, Daisy Jones, has been described as “propulsive, original, and often raw.” Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The making of this fictional female legend is chronicled in a riveting novel you won’t forget. It mimics the style and substance of a tell-all celebrity memoir of a real band and conjures such true-to-life images of the seventies music scene that readers will think they’re listening to Fleetwood Mac or Led Zeppelin. To make things really fun, this Gramercy Book Club discussion will be facilitated by rock and roll aficionado Alec Wightman, former chair of the Board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Three generations of Palestinian-American women living in Brooklyn torn between individual desire and the strict mores of Arab culture is the topic of the next powerful March release—a heart-wrenching story of love, intrigue, courage, and betrayal that will resonate with women from all backgrounds, giving voice to the silenced and agency to the oppressed. A Woman Is No Man is a story of culture and honor, secrets and betrayals, love and violence. It is an intimate glimpse into a controlling and closed cultural world, and a universal tale about family and the ways silence and shame can destroy those we have sworn to protect. Author Etaf Rum was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, by Palestinian immigrants. She teaches college English literature in North Carolina, where she lives with her two children.
Bridget Jones's Diary meets Americanah in this final March book release, Queenie, a disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place. Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Woman's Day, Newsday, Publishers Weekly, Bustle, and Book Riot, Queenie is a remarkably relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today’s world. Its author, Candice Carty-Williams, in 2016, created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, which aims to find, champion, and celebrate underrepresented writers.
Written by Linda Kass
About the author: I began my career as a magazine writer and correspondent for regional and national publications and am now an assistant editor for Narrative, an online literary magazine. My debut novel, Tasa’s Song, was inspired by my mother’s early life in eastern Poland during the Second World War. It won a Bronze Medal for Historical Fiction from the Independent Publisher Award Program and was a 2016 Foreword INDIES Award Finalist. I am also the proud owner of Gramercy Books, central Ohio’s newest indie bookstore!
Learn more about me on my personal website.