Articles by Anna Solomon

August 3, 2017

Sexy Backs and Headless Women: A Book Cover Manifesto 13

The messaging is clear. These covers are code for “women’s fiction”—i.e. breezy, easy, accessible. For many women authors who don’t happen to write breezy fiction, we feel caught in a double bind, with a cover that demeans the book in the eyes of the literary establishment while also promising readers a kind of book we didn’t necessarily write.

June 26, 2014

Are You My Mother? On Maternal Abandonment in Literature 7

Literature is full of disappearing mothers.

June 22, 2012

Joshua Henkin Doesn’t Want You to Make Fiction a Lie: The Millions Interview 3

We’ve come a long way since George Eliot had to call herself George Eliot, but you’d have to be blind to think we live in an equal world.