Crossing gender, race, and age gap

Have you read a story written by a male whose protagonist is female?
In George Pellicanos’s story, “The Confidential Informant,” from The Martini Shot, the protagonist is a 20-something black man. And another young black man appears in another story, “String Music.” Pelicanos is a middle aged white guy. Ho good are the portrayals? I asked my grandson to read the stories because he spends hours each day in basketbal games with mostly African-americans.

Not unlike a male author creating a female protagonist or vice versa or a young author writing from the POV of a much older character, this black-on-white treatment can be challenging.

Of course, this is nothing new. Many early women writers used men’s pen names and wrote from a male viewpoint. And we have Danish writer Karen Blixen who published her memoir Out of Africa and other English-speaking books under the name Isak Dinesen.

Which are most succesful? Are there some duds? Is one of these three crossovers harder than others?
Here is one of many blurbs on subject ivie harrison&article=044

Another interesting facet

There’s a gender gap in prize-winning literature—not between the authors, but the characters

and another



I dreamed she curtsied once and smiled
Then took me by the hand
And led me through her meadow green
Midst bees and blossoms grand

See yonder, ‘neath the canopy
Where hawks and owls do reign
Where doe and fox and lizards roam
In happy dearth of man

That’s where we’ll take our lunch today
That’s where we’ll sing our song
Until the evening shades bespeak
It’s time we must go home

I’ll whisper words, you hum the tune
Together we’ll create
A blend of thought and harmony
That will our friends elate