Our Jewish Feminist Gumshoe: The Author Behind V. I. Warshawski

Sara Paretsky, author of 14 mysteries featuring V.I. Warshawski, is credited for transforming the genre of hardboiled detective fiction with her feminist heroine. In her fiction, Paretsky has tackled such topics as Holocaust reparations payments, domestic violence, turmoil in the lives of blue-collar Chicagoans, the government’s abuse of power. “The questions of who gets to speak, and who listens, are central to how I view the world,” she writes. She tells why in her powerful and moving memoir, Writing in an Age of Silence (Verso Books).

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