Publisher’s Weekly has compiled their best books of 2009 and it has been pointed out, in a few places, that there are no women writers on the list. There are lots of other exclusions on that list too. Poor poetry. I’ve only read two of the books on the list—Await Your Reply and Shop Class as Soul Craft, both of which are fantastic—so I can’t really speak to the rest of the list but as I tried to think about major (mainstream) books written by women in 2009, the only two that come to mind are Lorrie Moore’s A Gate at the Stairs (which I am currently reading, which I respect, which I do not love) and Margaret Atwood’s Year of the Flood. As I’ve thought about which books I would include on my own Top 10 list, none of them were mainstream books but about half were written by women. (My list, includes, in no order: American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell, Scorch Atlas by that one guy, Light Boxes by Shane Jones, AM/PM by Amelia Gray, and How to Leave Hiealeah by Jennine Capo Crucet.)
Were no great (mainstream) books written by women in 2009? What would appear on your Top 10 list for 2009?