By Samantha Samel
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Many recognize Gillian Flynn and Sue Grafton as two of today’s bestselling authors, lauded for their command of the crime fiction genre. But would their captivating stories and characters exist without the pioneering women authors who created and nurtured the psychological thriller?
In her new tribute to the female writers whose writings paved the way for authors of contemporary thrillers, Brooklynite Sarah Weinman highlights 14 chilling stories written from the 1940s to 1970s. Weinman’s “Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense” (Penguin Group), presents her thorough investigation of the murderous wives, deranged husbands, deceitful children and vengeful friends created by such expert writers as Patricia Highsmith, Shirley Jackson and Vera Caspary. The author will appear in Brooklyn for discussions and book signings on Aug. 27 at BookCourt in Cobble Hill and on Sept. 12 at Community Bookstore in Park Slope.
One of today’s most distinguished authorities on crime fiction, Weinman invites her readers to follow the brave women who sliced into society and its norms to reveal a darker side of contemporary culture. During a time when conversations are increasingly focused on women's issues, Weinman brings to light a largely overlooked generation of female crime writers who deserve, perhaps more than ever, recognition in the literary world.
The Aug. 27 event will begin at 7 p.m. BookCourt is located at 163 Court St. in Cobble Hill.
The Sept. 12 event will begin at 7 p.m. Community Bookstore is located at 143 Seventh Ave. in Park Slope.
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Sarah Weinman is the news editor for Publishers Marketplace and writes the monthly “Crimewave” mystery and suspense column for the National Post. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New York Observer, Slate, and the New Yorker online, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn.