I finished How the Dead Dream, by Lydia Millet, and have every intention of reading its sequel Ghost Light soon. I've already read book 3, Magnificence, which I loved, and I loved Dream; I think Millet is a fantastic writer, kind of like a mid-career Margaret Atwood before she went all post-apocalyptic. Readers looking for strong women writers would do themselves a favor to check her out.
Still working my way through Flood of Fire, at the rate of about a chapter every few days. I'll admit I haven't been reading anything very much lately. When I do read it, I love it though.
I stumbled across a galley of the forthcoming book by Ludmila Ulitskaya, one of my top 3 favorite women writers these days, and have put everything else aside until I finish her very long and very excellent latest. It's called The Big Green Tent and it covers the lives of a group of friends from Stalin's death until-? I'll let you know. I was supposed to get this for review but I think wires got crossed when I moved. I'm so glad to have found it though!