I didn’t get to my studio yesterday, I still wasn’t feeling good enough to work. But I did finish up a couple of postcard drawings, start a new one, sort some fabric and get in a lot of reading.
I’m reading The Women’s Room By Marilyn French. It’ one of those now classic feminist novels that I only recently heard about and got from a Little Free Library in Vermont.
Reading it at this point in my life makes me wish I had read it when I was younger, but it may not have registered in the same way as it does now. I see myself in so many of the characters, in their behavior towards men and sex and the expectation they have for their lives.
The book, which was written in 1977 and takes place from the 1950’s through the late 60’s (as far as I can see at this point, I’m not done reading it yet) is like a history of my personal story. In it I see my mother’s generation of women and my own. It helps me understand some of the choices I’ve made in my life and why I made them. Many choices that were anathema to what I thought I believed.
Jon just bought me Meg Wolitzer’s new book, The Female Persuasion. It’s touted as the latest contemporary Feminist Novel. I think I will be the perfect book for me to read next.
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Just ordered The Women’s Room, had it years ago. Yes I too will read it with the perspective of years of making life choices. And Meg Wolitzer is a new author for me, she has quite a collection of books she has authored. Was reading some excerpts, Delightful!
Sharon, The only other Meg Wolitzer book I read was “The Interesting” and I still think about it sometimes.