15 Authors React to the 2016 US Election Results

Donald Trump is President-elect of the United States of America. Mainstream media and at least 50% of the US population (plus approximately 100% of the world) are still reeling. Here’s how 4th Estate authors met the news the morning of November 9th, 2016.


Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine


Amy Tan, author of The Valley of Amazement and The Joy Luck Club


Bee Wilson, author of First Bite


Ben Goldacre, author of I Think You’ll Find It’s a Bit More Complicated Than That and Bad Pharma


Eizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen


Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall

‘I wanted to see a woman lead the great nation, so my own spine could be straighter this blustery sunny morning. I fear the ship of state is sinking, and we are thrashing in saltwater, snared in our own ropes and nets. Someone must strike out for the surface and clear air. It is possible to cut free from some entanglements, some error and painful beginnings, whether you are a soul or a whole nation.’

Read the full piece in The New Yorker


James Gleick, author of Time Travel


Jeff VanderMeer, author of Borne and Annihilation


Jon McGregor, author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and Reservoir 13


Joyce Carol Oates, author of The Man Without A Shadow and We Were the Mulvaneys


Lena Dunham, author of Not That Kind of Girl

‘It’s a privilege to be heartbroken by the system for the first time at age 30. So many people — those in the prison system, those with undocumented American relatives, those who are trans, who are queer, who are people of color, who are Muslim, who are trying to prosecute their abusers — have felt the crushing failure of the system over and over again. This is just another dark week. This isn’t surreal like a death or a bad diagnosis. This is their life.’

Read the full message from Lena’s Lenny Letter. And:


Luke Kennard, author of The Transition


Miranda Emmerson, author of Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars


Sali Hughes, author of Pretty Iconic and Pretty Honest


And finally, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s been picked up by media around the globe and shared and viewed hundreds and thousands of times online. And it contains the best eye roll in history.

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