From the back cover: The Seven Ages is an astonishing evocation of one thousand years of woman's worlds, intensely and beautifully recreated by Eva Figes. Through the mind of a very modern English midwife, now retired into rural "peace," we hear the voices -- first almost magically from fire, from the dawn of history, later in stories told to soothe childbirth, finally in documents of a more modern age -- the voices of seven women, singing the unrecorded history of all women.
"Virginia Woolf would have so welcomed this book, representing as it does the direction she hoped literature would take. Here at last, palpable, embodied, is that accumulation of centuries of unrecorded lives that she wished for. I read many of its pages in a daze of wonder." -- Tillie Olsen.