Saturday, February 19, 2011

Five political novels to change the world

Ellen Meeropol holds an MFA in creative writing from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine. Her stories have appeared in The Drum, Bridges, Portland Magazine, Pedestal, Patchwork Journal, and The Women’s Times.

House Arrest, her first novel, is out this month.

At Madam Mayo's blog, Meeropol named five political novels to change the world.

One novel on her list:
The Murder's Daughters
by Randy Susan Meyers

The Murder's Daughters finds its subject much closer than Cyprus or Nigeria; this novel of social injustice begins in the small Coney Island apartment of Merry and Lulu on the day their father kills their mother. These are two wonderfully complex characters, stubborn and determined to survive despite heavy odds. The prose is fresh and strong, the story compelling. Despite the shattering event that opens the novel, the narrative shimmers with healing, sisterly love, and hope.
Read about the other books on the list.

The Page 69 Test: The Murderer's Daughters.

--Marshal Zeringue