Something To Think About

An essay By Meg Wolitzer, in the New York Times Sunday Book Review ponders “On the Rules of Literary Fiction for Men and Women,” (March 30, 2012). If “The Marriage Plot,” by Jeffrey Eugenides, had been written by a woman yet still had the same title and wedding ring on its cover, would it have received a great deal of serious literary attention? Or would this novel (which I loved) have been relegated to “Women’s Fiction,” that close-quartered lower shelf where books emphasizing relationships and the interior lives of women are often relegated?

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