Female wanderers wanted!
April 30, 2014 4:07 PM Subscribe
Seeking literary fiction with a transient, often solitary, female hero, please!
posted by Isingthebodyelectric to Writing & Language (40 answers total) 72 users marked this as a favorite
I have been enjoying fiction for the past couple of years about wanderers - protagonists who forsake their homes in search of meaning, wandering alone, arriving in strange places, learning and wondering at the world, forgetting and relearning their origins, perhaps returning one day... Spiritual journeys, artistic awakenings, etc.!
Lanark - Alasdair Gray
Snow - Orhan Pamuk
Dahlgren - Samuel Delany
Narcissus & Goldmund - Hermann Hesse
City of Illusions - Ursula Le Guin
Titus Alone - Mervyn Peake
It's nonfiction but The Old Ways by Robert MacFarlane gave me similar wanderlust.
I do love many female authors (among them AS Byatt, Hilary Mantel, Zadie Smith and LeGuin), but none of them write books like these with female protagonists!
Some YA fantasy hits the spot (Robin McKinley's The Hero & the Crown, Garth Nix' Sabriel, even His Dark Materials) and I did love Wild by Cheryl Strayed, but I'd like more grown up, more literary, philosophical!
Thank you in advance!