The Women's Room

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The Women's Room

By Marilyn French; Dorothy Allison (Foreword by); Linsey Abrams (Foreword by)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143114505, 465pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2009


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.

About the Author
Marilyn French was a novelist and feminist. Her books include "The Women's Room", which has been translated into twenty languages; "From Eve to Dawn, a History of Women in the World"; "A Season in Hell"; "Her Mother's Daughter"; "Our Father"; "My Summer with George"; and "The Bleeding Heart". She died in 2009.

Dorothy Allison grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. Her novel Bastard Out of Carolina, which became a national bestseller, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Abrams is co-director of the Master's Program at Sarah Lawrence College.

Praise For The Women's Room

"An experience not to be missed."
-San Francisco Chronicle

" I kept forgetting it was fiction . . . [French's] women pulse with life and individuality."
-The New York Times

"The kind of book that changes lives."
-Fay Weldon