A SHORT HISTORY OF WOMEN begins with the story of Dorothy Townsend, a British suffragette who dies in a hunger strike, and then follows the lives of Dorothy's descendants as they become involved in the ever-shifting nature of the feminist revolution: Dorothy's daughter Evelyn becomes an pioneering woman scientist, and her granddaughters struggle with the demands of the 21st century. Though National Book Award-nominee Kate Walbert's themes are evident--the evolution of women's' roles and identities over the last hundred years--her novel never slips into didacticism, and her narrative and characters are vivid and engrossing. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 Best Books of 2009.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
Subgenre: Family + Friendship, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, General, Society + Social Issues