The Women's Room
The twenty-one-million copy bestseller-available again for a new generation of readers Originally published in 1977, The Women's Room was a novel that-for the first time-expressed the inner lives of women who left education and professional advancement behind to marry in the 1950s, only to find... show more
The twenty-one-million copy bestseller-available again for a new generation of readers Originally published in 1977, The Women's Room was a novel that-for the first time-expressed the inner lives of women who left education and professional advancement behind to marry in the 1950s, only to find themselves adrift and unable to support themselves after divorce in the 1970s. Some became destitute, a few went insane. But many went back to school in the heyday of the Women's Liberation movement, and were swept up in the promise of equality for both sexes. Marilyn French's characters represent this wide cross section of American women, and her wry and pointed voice gives depth and emotional intensity to this timeless book that remains controversial and completely relevant.
Publish date: May 27th 2009
Pages no: 466
Edition language: English
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, Womens Fiction
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I read this years ago and I swear it changed my attitude about what was possible for a woman to have and to refuse. I haven't read it in years but I will re-read it someday for sure. I vaguely remember the movie with Colleen Dewhurst and Lee Remick. Would love to find and watch that again someday!
Some contemporary novels eventually become very instructive as historical ones. The mid-century social trappings have changed and to some extent certain issues like working outside the home have moved toward resolution, but the ingrained assumptions and the violence haven't changed a bit. In a react...
this book was my entry to feminism.
In one of those odd synchronicities, I was midway through the first half of this book when my husband and I watched the second-to-last episode of From Earth to the Moon, The Original Wives' Club. What struck me about the women in the episode was that, although the show painted it as the extraordinar...
too much to discuss here, too much to think about. a feminist manifesto of sorts, with a not so feminist discussion of rape toward the end that only partially redeems itself... 2 quotes from the passage that challenges me the most (and which might not make sense out of context) : "I've dropped out ...