OurShelves: Midlife reckoning with Dana Spiotta
George Saunders calls Dana Spiotta a ‘great American writer’. It’s true – but why does it feel so surprising to hear a woman given that accolade. Join Lucy Scholes as she meets the award-winning author of Wayward
and four other novels, celebrating the rare joy and complexity of midlife characters, from the accused widow in Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch
by Rivka Galchen to Olivia Colman’s haunting performance in ‘The Lost Daughter’. Together they ask: Why is this moment in life so disturbing and so powerful, and what can we learn from confronting it?
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On the nightstand – books that are currently on your bedside table
Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen
On your mind – a recent article, podcast, film, series or song
The films ‘The Lost Daughter’ and ‘The Power of the Dog’
On the shelf – one book that made you think about feminism in a new way
On Not Knowing by Emily Ogden
On the pedestal – tell us about one person (woman or non-binary) you admire