Women Writers Who Are Better Than V.S. Naipaul (A Facebook Thread)

Last Friday on Facebook, I began a thread to deconstruct V. S. Naipaul’s claim that no woman writer was/is equal to him. It turns out it didn’t take much effort to compile a fantastic list of women writers who are not only equal to Naipaul in any measurable capacity but superior and, more importantly, infinitely more readable. Here is the thread in its entirety:

Female Authors [off the top of my head] who I like better than V.S. Naipaul: Zadie Smith, Monica Ali, Flannery O’Connor, Ann Beattie, Patricia Lear, Catherine Texier, Amy Hassinger, Karen Russell, Toni Morrison, Yiyun Li, Tea Obreht, Amy Hempel, Marilynne Robinson, Jane Smiley, Mary Robison, Katherine Dunn, Aimee Bender, Joan Didion, JANE AUSTEN, ZZ Packer…

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    • Joseph Michael OwensHarper Lee, Jennifer Egan, Rivka Galchen, Nell Freudenberger, Maxine Hong Kingston, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Nicole Krauss, A. S. Byatt, C. E. Morgan, Mary Karr, Nami Mun, Anais Nin, Carole Maso, Ayn Rand, Jumpa Lahiri, J. K. Rowling, The Bronte sisters…

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    • Joseph Michael OwensFacebook won’t even let me post all of them in one field! Add here: Roxane Gay, Emma Straub, Ayelet Waldman, Ethel Rohan, Kate Gale and Tayari Jones as well.

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    • Pam Parker I wish I could easily share this — merci, Joe, on behalf of my fellow women. 🙂

      Friday at 7:51pm · Like
    • Jane SmileyGeorge Eliot,Virginia Woolf, Rebecca West, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sheri Holman, Nancy Mitford, Jessica Mitford…

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    • Pam Parker Marilynne Robinson, Ursula Hegi, Toni Morrison, Gertrude Stein, Mary Gaitskilll, Siri Hustvedt, seconds too Joyce Carol Oates and Margaret Atwood, Amy Tan, Louisa Mae Alcott, Antonya Nelson, Jennifer Egan (I know I duplicated some previous entries – this is not a bad thing.) 🙂

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    • Brandie Ashe‎ … Eudora Welty, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Isabel Allende, Kate Chopin, Alice Walker, Sandra Cisneros, Zora Neale Hurston, Dorothy Parker, Katherine Anne Porter, Carson McCullers, Lee Smith, Elizabeth Gaskell …

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    • Joseph Michael OwensOh, oh! And of course Mary Shelley!

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    • Pam ParkerOMG – How did I miss Eudora Welty and Alice Walker and Charlotte Perkins Gilman????

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    • Joseph Michael Owens I love this post; keep ’em coming!

      Friday at 8:03pm · Like
    • Pam ParkerJoe — remind me of your twitter handle – maybe we can bring in more comments.

      Friday at 8:05pm · Like
    • Joseph Michael Owens‎ @JoeMOwens

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    • Hannah BaldwinHe’s a total idiot. They should take his prize away 🙂

      Friday at 8:14pm · Like
    • Jane SmileyMarguerite of Navarre, Lady Murasaki

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    • Jane SmileyEnid Bagnold

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    • Jane SmileyHarriett Beecher Stowe! Sigrid Undset! Zora Neale Hurston!

      Friday at 8:21pm · Like
    • Joseph Michael OwensAnd the thing is, I would seriously read ANY writer mentioned above before I’d pick up something by VS Naipaul.

      Friday at 8:26pm · Like
    • Joseph Michael OwensI’m adding Francine Prose too!

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    • Amy Hassinger

       Bless your soul, Joseph Owens. And Virginia Woolf and Adrienne Rich and Jean Rhys and Anne Lamott and Lan Samantha Chang and Francine Prose and Patricia Henley and Karen Shoemaker and Teri Grimm and Allison Adele Hedge Coke and Jane Smiley …See More
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    • Lindsey Randlett Myhrmost of mine have already been posted… but sue monk kidd too!

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