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Ten Current Women Writers You Should Read

No, not the only ten current writers you should read, but a list of ten to get rolling on, a list of ten whose work and influences are as diverse as the women themselves. Here are quotations and links to more information about each of them.
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Isabel Allende
Recent Work: Forest of the Pygmies, 2005

"For women the best aphrodisiacs are words. The G-spot is in the ears. He who looks for it below there is wasting his time."
Margaret Atwood
Recent Work: The Penelopiad, 2005

"Does feminist mean large unpleasant person who'll shout at you or someone who believes women are human beings? To me it's the latter, so I sign up."
Sarah Dunant
Recent Work: In the Company of the Courtesan, 2006

"And when it comes to writing, I just want to say that the novel is not the author. Just as the life is not the work or the work the life;instead literature is a kind of alchemy: turning lead into gold. Or at least that's the ambition."
Cornelia Funke
Recent Work: Inkheart

"Every reader knows about the feeling that characters in books seem more real than real people."
Ursula K. Le Guin
Recent Work: Gifts, 2005

"The creative adult is the child who has survived."
Alice Munro
Recent Work: Runaway, 2004

"I can't play bridge. I don't play tennis. All those things that people learn, and I admire, there hasn't seemed time for. But what there is time for is looking out the window."
Joyce Carol Oates
Recent Work: The Female of the Species : Tales of Mystery and Suspense, 2006

"We inhabit ourselves without valuing ourselves, unable to see that here, now, this very moment is sacred; but once it's gone - its value is incontestable."
Annie Proulx
Recent Work: Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2, 2004

"And I think that's important, to know how the water's gone over the dam before you start to describe it. It helps to have been over the dam yourself."
Ali Smith
Recent Work: The Accidental, 2005

"For me there's no story without voice, no voice without story, and no single story that doesn't imply another one right next to it, or behind it, or in front of it - there's always another story."
Zadie Smith
Recent Work: On Beauty, 2005

"I express myself with my friends and my family. Novels are not about expressing yourself, they're about something beautiful, funny, clever and organic. Self-expression? Go and ring a bell in the yard if you want to express yourself."

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