The Women's Room: A Novel

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The twenty-one-million copy bestseller-available again for a new generation of readers Originally published in 1977, The Women's Room was a novel that-for the first time-expressed the inner lives of women who left education and professional advancement behind to marry in the 1950s, only to find themselves adrift and unable to support themselves after divorce in the 1970s. Some became destitute, a few went insane. But many went back to school in the heyday of the Women's Liberation movement, and were swept up in ...

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Overview

The twenty-one-million copy bestseller-available again for a new generation of readers Originally published in 1977, The Women's Room was a novel that-for the first time-expressed the inner lives of women who left education and professional advancement behind to marry in the 1950s, only to find themselves adrift and unable to support themselves after divorce in the 1970s. Some became destitute, a few went insane. But many went back to school in the heyday of the Women's Liberation movement, and were swept up in the promise of equality for both sexes. Marilyn French's characters represent this wide cross section of American women, and her wry and pointed voice gives depth and emotional intensity to this timeless book that remains controversial and completely relevant.

"Mira was hiding in the ladies' room. She called it that, even though someone had scratched out the word ladies' in the sign on the door, and written women's underneath. . . ." So begins the famous feminist novel that follows the transformation of Mira Ward and her circle as the women's movement begins to have an impact on their lives. First time in trade paperback.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143114505
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/27/2009
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 224,940
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

MARILYN FRENCH (1929-2009) received her doctorate from Harvard University in 1972. She was a literary critic, and her articles and stories appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies. She taught at Hofstra, Harvard, and the College of the Holy Cross, and received a Harvard Centennial Medal. She died in May of 2009.
MARILYN FRENCH (1929-2009) received her doctorate from Harvard University in 1972. She was a literary critic, and her articles and stories appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies. She taught at Hofstra, Harvard, and the College of the Holy Cross, and received a Harvard Centennial Medal. She died in May of 2009.
Dorothy Allison is the acclaimed author of the nationally bestselling novel Bastard Out of Carolina, which was a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. The recipient of numerous awards, she lives in Northern California.

LINSEY ABRAMS has published three novels, Charting the Stars, Double Vision, and Our History in New York. She directs the MFA program in creative writing at the City College of New York.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

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    My Bible

    This book changed my life forever. Any woman young or old must read it. I am so happy they are re-issuing again. I read it in my 20's and over and over. I am now 64 and going to read again.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    Inspirational

    I first read this book when I was a high school senior, I was so moved by the story, I took a copy of the book with me when I left home and joined the Army. That was in 1979. Since then I've owned many a copy, and given many away and it is still one of the best books I've ever read.After all these years (and many rereads)I can still FEEL these characters, their joys, their pains, and mostly Mira's growth. Awesome...

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2004

    Beautiful and rewarding...

    I hate reviews that give the whole story away, so I just want to say that when I read this book I was going through a very hard time, I would stay up nights reading this book...and pondering what it said. It made me feel that I could deal with everything that life handed to me...I needed to be a strong woman. I recommend this book to you, to all the women out there, who, forgot what it felt like to take a breath and feel relief that you are truly, indeed..a woman! This is a wonderful, superb book...one of the best of all time!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2001

    Fourth Reading

    I first read this marvelous book when I was 35 then at 45, 55 and now at 65. I will never tire of it. It is life for a woman who was a product of the 1950's and would be helpful to any woman of any age to better understand what it was like 'back then'

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2001

    This book changed the path of my life forever...

    I get very tired of reading reviews that decribe Ms. French as 'the blatant feminist'. I see her as more of a fictional historian, because this book documents what it was like to be a woman in the midst of the period she has described in her novel. I originally read this book as a young woman. Now approaching my 40's, I feel hopeful and empowered by having read what she wrote. If you are 20 and have wondered what it was like to be your grandmother, read this book. If you are 40 and have wondered why your mother made the choices she made, read this book. It is a chronical of women in the United States from the 1950's through the 1970's. Anyone who has ever taken a history course knows that it is only by learning about the past that you can avoid repeating it. Thank you Marilyn. I wish I had had the guts to contact you when I read this the first time.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2010

    Indelible Description of "Love" in this book

    I read this book when I was in my 20's. I am now 57 years old and I STILL remember what I consider the best paragraphs in this book - a description of love that is classic and true! I won't spoil it for anyone who has not read this book. Suffice it to say that if I can practically recall these paragraphs verbatim 30+ years after reading them, they spoke to me in a very profound way. READ THIS BOOK.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2001

    This book will change your life.

    Literally. Read it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

    This book changed my life; I could have been Lily. I was 27 wh

    This book changed my life; I could have been Lily. I was 27 when I read the book and I found myself again. I've recommended this book to so many people over the years that have been going through personal crises. The book was timely and timeless.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2002

    If you never read another feminist novel-read this one

    I read this book when I was 18. It stayed with me.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Absolute great book

    I am 51 read this book for the first time while in high school. It is powerful and tells the story of what it was like for women. I still have my original copy of this book. I am only buying on nook so i can take everywhere!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Keeper!

    First read this when I was 13ish.... loved it then and was my constant go to read. I grew with this book and 23 years later this book still moves and strengthens me!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Very Good!

    Any female going threw a trouble time with their significant other. Maybe a sense of empowerment. Very good book!

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

    This book gave me so much to think about! Altho I most saw mysel

    This book gave me so much to think about! Altho I most saw myself in Kyla, I was so struck by the scene in which Mira's husband forbids her to give money to her impoverished friend Samantha. I had actually thought up to that point in my life that I was the only one who thought the way Mira was thinking! Any woman who is honest with herself will see herself in at LEAST one of these characters. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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