A Short History of Women

By Kate Walbert
(Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781416594994, 239pp.)

Publication Date: June 15, 2010

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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)

About the Author
Kate Walbert is the author of the novels "A Short History of Women", named a top ten best book by "The ""New York Times Book Review" and finalist for the "Los Angeles Times Book Prize"; "Our Kind", nominated for the National Book Award; and "The Gardens of Kyoto", winner of the Connecticut Book Award. Walbert's stories have been published in "The New Yorker", "The Paris Review", and the "O. Henry Awards", and have twice been included in "The Best American Short Stories".
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