A Short History of Women

A Short History of Women

by Kate Walbert

Arlene Almas: I found this book a bit dry. It tells the fictional story of five generations of women, from the British suffragist Dorothy Trevor Townsend in the early 20th century to Dorothy "Dora" Louise Barrett-Deel in New Haven in 1989. The women's stories are told in alternating chapters going back and forth in time, which seems to be a trend in novels lately - sometimes it works well, but I don't think it does in this case. The one chapter I liked was about Elizabeth "Liz" Anne Barrett and her daughter Suzanne in 1963. The description of their play date with a classmate of Suzanne's and her mother is both funny and sad, and gives us an unsparing look at women in the early 60s. I can't really say I recommend this book, but it may be of greater interest to another reader.
Rating: **

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