Illustration of woman and books. Nishant Choksi hide caption

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The main character of Alice McDermott's Someone grew up in 1920s and '30s New York. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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J.K. Rowling recently revealed herself to be the author of the mystery novel The Cuckoo's Calling. Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images hide caption

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Novelist Sara Gran also writes for the HBO show Southland. Deborah Lopez/Houghton Mifflin hide caption

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