Reese Witherspoon Adds More Strong Female Characters to Her Book Club

April 23, 2015 9:56 PM

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Reese Witherspoon Adds More Strong Female Characters to Her Book Club

Q: What does a female first lieutenant serving in Afghanistan have in common with a troubled and manipulative women’s magazine editor? A: Both are the main characters of new books optioned by Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Pacific Standard. Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soliders on the Battlefield, by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, out this week, and Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll, to be published next month, are the latest in Witherspoon’s cadre of tough cookies that make great fodder for Hollywood actresses whose cookie jars are often stocked with stereotypes.

“[Reese and I] created our company to develop and produce film and television with complex and interesting female characters,” Witherspoon’s production partner, Bruna Papandrea, said through a spokesperson. Some of the protagonists are everywomen, more representative of someone you could know in rea...

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