A Short History of Women
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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).
From Publishers Weekly
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Not perfect as you read it entirely, but special; it sticks.
The writing and the book get better with each page. At the beginning, I wasn't sure where the book was going--it has a premise that necessarily has a point. It was a joy to discover that the journey was the point and the women themselves. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the prose in places (the canary in the cage, the hollow bone) was masterful and effortless. I'd wholeheartedly recommend the book to anyone.