Last Updated on August 11, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle
August is Women in Translation (WIT) Month. Launched in 2014 by Meytal Radzinski, WIT Month was created in response to Radzinski’s observation that only 30% of books published in translation were by women. Translated works allow us to be more inclusive of writers from different cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds. Over the years, Radzinski has included and emphasized works from marginalized women (and transgender, nonbinary, or intersex) writers.
You can support and participate in WIT Month by reading, sharing, and discussing books by women in translation. Suggest these books to your library and book clubs, gift them to your friends and family and share them on social media. To help you get started, we curated a list of 2023 books by women in translation!
2023 Translated Books by Women Writers
Our Share of Night by Mariana Enriquez, Translated by Megan McDowell
A woman’s mysterious death puts her husband and son on a collision course with her demonic family in this debut novel from the International Booker Prize–shortlisted author of The Dangers of Smoking in Bed.
I Went To See My Father by Kyung-Sook Shin, Translated by Anton Hur
An instant bestseller in Korea and the follow up to the international bestseller, Please Look After Mom; centering on a woman’s efforts to reconnect with her aging father, uncovering long-held family secrets.
Mothers’ Instinct by Barbara Abel, Translated by Susan Pickford
Soon to be a major US motion picture starring Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, Mothers’ Instinct is a dark, twisty domestic thriller in which the bond between two couples—best friends and next-door neighbors—mutates in dangerous and deadly ways in the wake of a tragic accident.
My Men by Victoria Kielland, Translated by Damion Searls
Based on the true story of Norwegian maid Belle Gunness, 19th-century America’s most notorious serial killer with a body count of at least 14 men. My Men is a fictional account of one broken woman’s descent into inescapable madness.
Watch Us Dance by Leila Slimani, Translated by Sam Taylor
The rebellions within an interracial family play out against the countercultural rebellions of the 1960s in this sexy, stylish, sophisticated new novel by the award-winning, internationally bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny and In the Country of Others.
The Forest Brims Over by Maru Ayase, Translated by Haydn Trowell
A woman turns herself into a forest after long being co-opted to serve as the subject of her husband’s novels—this surrealist fable challenges traditional gender attitudes and exploitation in the literary world.
The Details by Ia Genberg, Translated by Kira Josefsson
An acclaimed Swedish author makes her English language debut with this intoxicating novel in the vein of Rachel Cusk and Sheila Heti, about a woman in the throes of a fever remembering the important people in her past, her memories laid bare in vivid detail as her body temperature rises.
The Goodbye Cat by Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel
In the much-anticipated follow-up to the bestselling and beloved The Travelling Cat Chronicles, seven cats weave their way through their owners’ lives, climbing, comforting, nestling, and sometimes just tripping everyone up in this uplifting collection of tales by international bestselling author Hiro Arikawa.