These authors share something else, besides subject matter: They are women.Their books are a departure from the raw, unfiltered confessional writing that the internet seems to have fostered in recent years: inward-focused pieces on abortions and addictions and affairs we have gotten used to clicking on, or past.Witt’s book, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Weigel, 31, offers a different angle on love — and a different sensibility. Weigel was compelled to delve into the moment it all began. Particularly potentially titillating subjects,” Ms. Weigel later wrote in an email.“It’s this weird double bind, isn’t it: On the one hand, it’s as if editors and readers don’t trust young women to know about anything other than their own lives.And then on the other hand we are often asked — structural sexism asks us — to speak for all women, any time we write.In considering questions like why she was not married or almost married (and why many of her friends who wanted to be married were also not married), Ms.
She was in Cambridge, England, when I reached her to discuss her approach to the personal.
I guess that’s why I’m more to the side of reticence and discretion than full-blown execution.”For her, it is a kind of anguish to call upon the personal, and the personal parts of her books are, she said, the ones she hates to write. Laing does it, in part because, as she said, “I guess I think it’s ethical to make something of your own experience transparent if you’re going to be digging around in other peoples’ lives.”Unlike Ms.
Laing, the feminist author and blogger Jessica Valenti, 37, recently decided to embrace the personal with impunity.
“The big hurdle was my parents reading stuff, because we had maintained this fiction about what my life was that was really comfortable for everybody.
Which was not really talking about how dating is.”When Ms.