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10 Amazing Female Novelists Under 50

Forget Virginia Woolf! You should be reading these contemporary female novelists. (Just kidding about Virginia Woolf, though. Never stop reading her.)

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3. Bina Shah

“As Shah Abdul Latif had written in the epic poetry she adored, life was about separation and loss; she had been through the cycle time and time again, exiled from her beautiful Sindh, forced to wander for years, away from the love of her life.” —A Season for Martyrs

4. Ru Freeman

“There is no right and wrong, and precepts are for fools. Every thing is just as it is! And we must experience things without condemning them, because if we condemn them, then we are becoming too involved.” —A Disobedient Girl

5. Taiye Selasi

“’Loss’ is a notion. No more than a thought. Which one forms or one doesn’t. With words. Such that one cannot lose, nor ever say he has lost, what he does not permit to exist in his mind.”—Ghana Must Go

8. Eleanor Catton

“If I have learned one thing from experience, it is this: never underestimate how extraordinarily difficult it is to understand a situation from another person's point of view.”—The Luminaries

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