Have you ever noticed how often the books we read include characters who (or is it that – someone please tell me the rule!) are writers? Some are novelists, poets, journalists or podcasters. Some are based on real-life writers. Many are struggling with their careers. They’ve either made it big and are losing their touch, or they’ve written one successful book, but haven’t written a second. Still others have made it big but struggle with the fame. These characters aren’t always the main part of the story, but many are.
I wonder if I’m just drawn to this kind of book? Here’s a list of what I’ve read:
The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner – children’s author
Less by Andrew Sean Greer – struggling novelist
Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor – Emily Dickinson
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway – Ernest Hemingway (nonfiction)
My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout – novelist
A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders – novelists/publishing house
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – one sibling is a struggling novelist
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – romance novelist who may be losing her touch
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin – journalist/podcaster
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – Ernest Hemingway as he writes The Sun Also Rises
The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand – popular mystery writer, past her peak
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – investigative journalist
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney – struggling novelist
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin – Truman Capote
The Tenant by Katrine Engberg – mystery writer
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple – struggling graphic memoirist
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – travel journalist
Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk – new novelist who makes it big
I’m about to start another one that will make this list: The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. It’s a hot book this summer and my hold just came in from the library.
Do you like reading books about writers? Can you add any to this list? I may have to read them next!
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