Book clinic: which male authors excel at writing female characters?

From Tolstoy to John Banville, our expert suggests the men who can write from a woman’s perspective

I read a lot of contemporary fiction by women and would like to have a shift. I want to read fiction by men, but written from a woman’s perspective. I have read Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn and The Testament of Mary, so I would prefer if you don’t mention him because I’m enthusiastic about his work already.
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Lara Feigel is the author of Free Woman: Life, Liberation and Doris Lessing
The men I immediately think of who write women well are Tolstoy and Henry James. Anna Karenina and Isabel Archer in The Portrait of a Lady are both female characters who have taken on the status of real women, in my mind, and it’s worth spending time with them if you haven’t already. If you find Isabel Archer compelling, then the great news is that ...