A Short History of Women: A Novel by Kate Walbert

By Kate Walbert

NOMINATED FOR THE LOS ANGELES instances BOOK PRIZE

A profoundly relocating portrait of the complex legacies of moms and daughters, A brief heritage of girls chronicles 5 generations of girls from the shut of the 19th century throughout the early years of the twenty-first. starting in 1914 on the deathbed of Dorothy Trevor Townsend, a suffragette who starves herself for the reason, the unconventional lines the echoes of her selection within the tales of her descendants--a really good daughter who attempts to flee the weight of her mother's infamy; a granddaughter who chooses a standard course, in basic terms to discover herself disappointed; a great-granddaughter who wryly articulates the free-floating anxiousness of post-9/11 new york. In a kaleidoscope of characters and with a richness of images, emotion, and wit, A brief historical past of girls is a thought-provoking and vividly unique narrative that crisscrosses a century--a booklet for "any girl who has ever struggled to discover her personal voice; to make feel of being a mom, spouse, daughter, and lover" (Associated Press)

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There are quite a few people inside. The congregation, if one may call it that, is organized around a variety of social services and activities. Next to the seltzer fountain someone distributes lebkuchen, another puts out bins with secondhand clothing, a third picks up litter. At first my two women seem to take little note of this bustle, alarmed as they are by the absence of an altar. I point out a massive analogue clock on the front wall, where one 58 would normally find the pipe organ. This tempers their dismay somewhat.

As far back as I can remember I felt at ease among the dead. I made a habit of frequenting cemeteries wherever in the world I happened to be. My fondest memories are 31 of exploring the Old and the New Povozki in Warsaw, the churchyard of Peksovy Bzhyzek in Zakopane, Père-Lachaise in La Ville Lumière and the Glasgow Necropolis modeled on it, London’s Highgate, burial grounds in the Irish Midlands, and the maze-like Montjuïc cemetery, whose scabrous crests overlook a topography of the port of Barcelona.

We would rather not look past the horizon of history, nor dig through the piles (and pits) of historical debris, sorted and unsorted documents, partial and impartial memories; we would rather not move beyond these obstructions. There is today so much nostalgia (we observe) for destruction on the grandest scale.

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