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Strong Females in Literature 2012

NPR started it with its short list of Best Heroines of 2012, and The Atlantic followed this up with 12 more. Neither list included the publishers, who I think deserve some credit. Several of these are small, independent presses listed on NewPages Guide to Independent Publishers & University Presses, and several are from the literary imprints of major publishers. Click on the story title links to read more about each publication.

NPR Best Heroines of 2012

Sophie Calle: The Address Book by Sophie Calle
Siglio Press

As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980 by Susan Sontag and David Rieff
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (MacMillan)

All We Know: Three Lives by Lisa Cohen
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (MacMillan)

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
Simon & Schuster

Antigonick by Sophocles, Anne Carson and Bianco Stone
New Directions Publishing

The Atlantic Greatest Literary Heroines of 2012

Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch
Hawthorne Books

Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan

The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Little, Brown and Company

Maidenhead by Tamara Faith Berger
Coach House Books

How to Get Into the Twin Palms by Karolina Waclawiak
Two Dollar Radio

The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu
Hogarth (Crown Publishing/Random House)

Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins
Riverhead (Penguin)

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Crown (Random House)

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