Dear Friends,

Over the course of my tenure as publisher of Other Press, I have observed that we have many works of literature that tackle issues that are not yet fully acknowledged in our culture, notably this: Intelligent women who fall in love seem to be confronted with very different challenges than in the past (not that their lives were any easier in the past, let’s be clear on that).

Girls creator and star Lena Dunham on her love for WILLFUL DISREGARD

And others have noticed this as well—Girls creator and star Lena Dunham agrees that Willful Disregard (published February 2016) is “perfect,” and Prep author Curtis Sittenfeld gifted it to a friend, calling it “[a novel] about how love makes fools of even the smartest people.”

These literary works expose how the contemporary woman’s notion of romantic love undermines her ability to accept that men have undergone a transformation: men today are more disarmed and clueless than women are prepared to accept. Our society has an outdated vision of romantic love that doesn’t quite fit the broadening landscape of intellectual and professional equality between the sexes. Women are ready to reinvent love and marriage to fit these new circumstances. Men seem to find this scary.

Writers from around the world are exploring these intricacies, offering new insights that promise to be very satisfactory for readers—women and men alike. Whether it be crisis in marriage, anxiety over starting relationships, or radical discrepancies between what a woman imagines and the reality of the situation, the stories they tell make for riveting reading.

Judith Gurewich


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Willful Disregard by Lena Andersson

Couple Mechanics by Nelly Alard

The Other Woman by Therese Bohman

Drowned by Therese Bohman

Your Voice in My Head by Emma Forrest

The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay byAndrea Gillies

Climates by André Maurois

Conjugal Love  by Alberto Moravia

Happy Are the Happy by Yasmina Reza

All Days Are Night by Peter Stamm

Unformed Landscape by Peter Stamm

A Week in October by Elizabeth Subercaseaux

The Cold Song  by Linn Ullmann