I have recently finished reading a non-fiction book by the crime-fiction writer Tara Moss. She has written several crime-fiction novels and is a successful writer of fiction. I have read several of her crime fiction novels and I have now read her first non-fiction book which is called The Fictional Woman.
Tara Moss has worn many labels in her time, including ‘author’, ‘model’, ‘gold-digger’, ‘commentator’, ‘inspiration’, ‘dumb blonde’, ‘feminist’ and ‘mother’, among many others. Now, in her first work of non-fiction, she blends memoir and social analysis to examine the common fictions about women. She traces key moments in her life – from small-town tomboy in Canada, to international fashion model in the 90s, to bestselling author taking a polygraph test in 2002 to prove she writes her own work – and weaves her own experiences into a broader look at everyday sexism and issues surrounding the under representation of women, modern motherhood, body image and the portrayal of women in politics, entertainment, advertising and the media. Deeply personal and revealing, this is more than just Tara Moss’s own story. At once insightful, challenging and entertaining, she asks how we can change the old fictions, one woman at a time.
(Tara Moss website)
While reading this book I kept thinking that aspects of this book would be excellent for discussion topics in high school. It raises many issues that require exploration in depth, particularly the way women are portrayed in the media.
Catherine Keenan (ABC The Drum) “A nimbly argued, statistic-laden exploration of the various labels we give women and the impact this has on their lives.”
I would consider this book a MUST READ for all women but it would also be an excellent read for men.