Edna O'Brien is pictured here with her husband, the writer Ernest Gebler, in London in 1959. O'Brien's first novel, The Country Girls, was published a year later. Edna O'Brien/Little, Brown and Co. hide caption

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Jamaica Kincaid, author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, lives in Vermont. Kenneth Noland/Farrar, Straus and Giroux hide caption

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