The Women's Room (Paperback)
Penguin Books, 9780143114505, 496pp.
Publication Date: May 27, 2009
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 (1929-2009) received her doctorate from Harvard University in 1972. She was a literary critic, and her articles and stories appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies. She taught at Hofstra, Harvard, and the College of the Holy Cross, and received a Harvard Centennial Medal. She died in May of 2009.
Dorothy Allison is the acclaimed author of the nationally bestselling novel Bastard Out of Carolina, which was a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. The recipient of numerous awards, she lives in Northern California.
LINSEY ABRAMS has published three novels, Charting the Stars, Double Vision, and Our History in New York. She directs the MFA program in creative writing at the City College of New York.
Praise For The Women's Room: A Novel…
-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."