5 women authors to read now
Because it's time to finally move on from Gone Girl
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
Hawkins’ debut does what it says on the box, which is "Looking for another Gone Girl? She’s on the train…". A young woman has disappeared and all of the three narrators – including the protagonist, an alcoholic, unemployed woman who stalks her ex and may have witnessed a crime but can’t quite remember – are unreliable. Like Flynn, Hawkins is also interested in using complex characters to examine our society, and action that implodes rather than explodes. Read as prep for the movie (DreamWorks has optioned the film rights) if nothing else.
Photograph: Kate Neil
The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour
A feral child comes to personhood in New York without ever having lost his wish to fly like his adoptive bird family back in Iran. He becomes muse to a magician, who wants to make the World Trade Centre disappear, and his psychic paramour. Drawn loosely from a Persian myth and woven masterfully – and with the blackest humour – into modern life, all events and characters intersect to foreshadow 9/11. Khakpour’s is one of the rare books that tackles the world-changing terror attacks in a wholly new way.