5 Female Authors To Fill The Sally Rooney-Shaped Hole In Your Life

The new reads from punchy female authors to see you through till summer...

You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian

by Grazia |

It's still a couple of months until Sally Rooney's Normal People is out in paperback (in case you've been holding out since last year, and if you have, you're in for a treat) and a couple of months until the big summer reads start hitting the shelves. Don't despair, there are more than enough amazing new books to see you through the next few months, from You Know You Want This by Cat Person author Kristen Roupenian to Adele by Leila Slimani.

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YOU KNOW YOU WANT THIS - Kristen Roupenian (Jonathan Cape)

The first collection of stories from author of last year's viral sensation Cat Person. Looking at modern gender and power dynamics, they are often (understandably) bleak, but equally often there is sheer relief at hearing someone brilliantly articulate those itchy-scratchy 'is it just me?' irritations and neuroses. Cat Person itself is included, and is always worth a re-read, but Sardines, the story of a pre-teen girl's birthday party which goes very very dark, is another highlight. You might not love reading these stories, but you won't forget it once you have.

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