Tag Archives: Women Writers

Beyond Time and Place. Pat Barker’s Another World

Barker, Pat. Another World. Farrar, 1998. One of the pleasures of a library in comparison with a bookstore tends to be the fact that the library has books that were published some time ago. Check out your local bookstore and, … Continue reading

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Singing in a not so minor key: Jennifer Ryan’s The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.

Ryan, Jennifer. The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. Broadway Books, 2017.  How best to describe this book? That is a hard question to answer. It’s a very good read, something of a page-turner and other clichés. But it’s much more than that because … Continue reading

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The Price of Life: Marie Jalowicz Simon’s Underground in Berlin.

Simon, Marie Jalowicz. Underground in Berlin: A Young Woman’s Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany. 2014. Trans. Anthea Bell. Back Bay Books, 2015. Just over a year ago, I reviewed David R. Gillham’s City of Women, a novel set … Continue reading

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The “Better Spirit”?: Vita Sackville-West’s All Passion Spent

Sackville-West, Vita. All Passion Spent. [Hogarth, 1931] Introd. Victoria Glendinning. Virago 1983. All Passion Spent may well be Vita Sackville-West’s best-known work. I can’t lay claim to any familiarity with her work, so I could be wrong, but I have a nagging … Continue reading

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Leaving Home: Deborah Feldman’s Unorthodox

Feldman, Deborah. Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots. Simon and Schuster, 2012. The only child of a mother who left the community and of a mentally challenged father unable to care for her, Feldman was raised by her paternal … Continue reading

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Return to Dead End Streets. Pat Barker’s the Century’s Daughter

Barker, Pat. The Century’s Daughter. Virago, 1986. Almost four years ago, I included a review of Pat Barker’s first novel Union Street in my post “Rambles in Dead End Streets.” Today, I’m considering her third novel. The copy I have from … Continue reading

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Whither the Fruit of Her Hands? Marilyn Yalom’s A History of the Wife

Yalom, Marilyn. A History of the Wife. HarperCollins, 2001.  Most of us are probably at least vaguely familiar with Proverbs 31 10-31 which defines the “virtuous woman . . . her price is far above rubies. [pearls or coral in some … Continue reading

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