Thursday, June 19, 2008

Women & Fiction

What really strikes me as I read Women & Fiction: Short Stories by and about Women is the intensity that these women must have felt in their daily lives, which they deftly wove into their vivid writing. Perhaps this "hypersensitivity" contributed to other things in addition to writing, such as mental disorders, but all in all these writers show a deep appreciation for life and interest in others, and used writing as an outlet for this very fullness of thought and feeling (how can you keep it all in?). They wrote to express themselves and to gauge the reactions of others--did they feel the same way? I don't know about you but when I read something written by a writer that expresses my own views, I feel an immediate kinship with that writer, and a gratefulness to the writer, who makes me feel that I'm not entirely alone in my thoughts.

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