Once you start to think about it, there are almost too many options, but I’d plump for Roxane Cross, the lyric soprano whose beautiful voice holds it all together for both kidnappers and captives in Ann Patchett’s Orange prize-winning novel, Bel Canto.
So here’s Elsa, Washing Dishes at the Old People’s Luncheon Club,
taking one day at a time, finding solace in the ordinary, until someone needs her to be inspiring.
For the musical accompaniment I’ve chosen Helen Reddy, not the rousing I Am Woman, but Think I’ll Write a Song for a complementary and more typical take on domesticity for women. (I don’t know why people knock the domestic in literature, there are so many different nuances, and a really dark side, in my opinion, but that’s for another post.)
What do you think? Who are your heroines in literature? Does our writing ever have to reflect our values in real life? Do tell!