A Short History of Women

A Short History of Women

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Baker & Taylor
Inspired by a suffragist ancestor who starved herself to promote the integration of Cambridge University, Evie refuses to marry and Dorothy defies a ban on photographing the bodies of her dead Iraq War soldier sons, a choice that embarrasses Dorothy's daughters. Reprint. A best-selling book.

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Inspired by a suffragist ancestor who starved herself to promote the integration of Cambridge University, Evie refuses to marry and Dorothy defies a ban on photographing the bodies of her dead Iraq War soldier sons, a choice that embarrasses Dorothy's daughters.

Simon and Schuster
NOMINATED FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE
A profoundly moving portrait of the complicated legacies of mothers and daughters, A Short History of Women chronicles five generations of women from the close of the nineteenth century through the early years of the twenty-first.

Beginning in 1914 at the deathbed of Dorothy Trevor Townsend, a suffragette who starves herself for the cause, the novel traces the echoes of her choice in the stories of her descendants—a brilliant daughter who tries to escape the burden of her mother’s infamy; a granddaughter who chooses a conventional path, only to find herself disillusioned; a great-granddaughter who wryly articulates the free-floating anxiety of post-9/11 Manhattan. In a kaleidoscope of characters and with a richness of imagery, emotion, and wit, A Short History of Women is a thought-provoking and vividly original narrative that crisscrosses a century—a book for "any woman who has ever struggled to find her own voice; to make sense of being a mother, wife, daughter, and lover" (Associated Press).

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781416594994
141659499X
9781416594987
1416594981
Branch Call Number: FICTION WALBE...K
Characteristics: ix, 239 pages ; 24 cm

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stewaroby Sep 04, 2015

One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2009. The reviewer called it "an exquisite slice of cake."

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kozakd
Nov 09, 2014

The prose is beautifully done but it is a difficult read, maybe because the characters do not connect with the world or with the reader. A good read if you are an English teacher?

skd3 Aug 05, 2011

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