A Short History of Women Author:Kate Walbert 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 ca... more »use, 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"
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