Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives is a fantastic collection of short stories, and an eye-opening one. How is it possible that so many of these were lost to time? (I mean, aside from the patriarchy.) Weinman provides a tantalizing amount of biographical information about each writer and lets the stories do the rest of the talking. I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite of the bunch. Okay, I pick the Patricia Highsmith story. Okay, actually I pick ”Lost Generation” by Dorothy Salisbury Davis. Okay, I’ll stop.
Basically, next time you need to buy a present for somebody who liked Gone Girl—or for somebody who wanted to like Gone Girl, but didn’t—or for somebody who still hasn’t gotten around to it—this is the book to get. Also recommended for commuter reading.