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Brave Dames, Great Hearts

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Susan Isaacs


There are too many Anna Kareninas in fiction. Frankly, too many Cinderellas as well, women who may not throw themselves onto the train tracks, but who nonetheless cannot help themselves. They require a SWAT team of fairy godmother and prince. Literature, like life, is filled with victims of oppression, misogyny, and abuse. A protagonist need not triumph. But to hold my interest, she has to put up a fight for her own survival or for her beliefs. So here are five brave dames, some of my favorite fictional women with guts.

About the Author

Susan Isaacs

Susan Isaacs, novelist, essayist and screenwriter, was born in Brooklyn and educated at Queens College. Her novels include Compromising Positions, Close Relations, Almost Paradise, Shining Through, and Past Perfect. Susan is a recipient of the Writers for Writers Award and the John Steinbeck Award. She serves as chairman of the board of Poets & Writers and is a past president of Mystery Writers of America. She is also a member of the National Book Critics Circle, The Creative Coalition, PEN, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the International Association of Crime Writers, and the Adams Round Table. Besides writing innumerable book reviews, Susan has also written about politics, film and First Amendment issues. She lives on Long Island with her husband.