Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ten top novels about women's political awakening

Sarai Walker received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Bennington College. As a magazine writer, her articles appeared in national publications, including Seventeen and Mademoiselle. She subsequently served as an editor and writer for Our Bodies, Ourselves, before moving to London and then Paris to complete a Ph.D. She currently lives in the New York City area. Dietland is her first novel.

One of Walker's top ten novels about women's political awakening, as shared at the Guardian:
The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1982)

In Walker’s controversial Pulitzer prize-winning novel, the heroine, Celie, experiences multiple oppressions, from the racism of the American deep south where she lives, to the abuse she suffers at the hands of male relatives at home. The relentless bleakness of Celie’s circumstances seem impossible to escape. Yet Walker’s narrative chronicles her path to womanist awakening, which leads to an unexpected, utopian ending.
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--Marshal Zeringue