Kate Walbert kicks off Women’s History month with a discussion of this year’s WestportREADS fiction selection, A Short History of Women. This novel explores the ripples of the suffrage movement through one family, starting in 1914 at the deathbed of suffragette Dorothy Townsend, following her daughter to America, watching her niece choose a more conventional path and completing the family portrait with a great-granddaughter in post 9/11 Manhattan. “In a kaleidoscope of voices and with a richness of imagery, A Short History of Women explores the ways in which successive generations of women have responded to what the Victorians called "The Woman Question."” - book blurb
Kate Walbert is the author of She Was Like That; His Favorites; The Sunken Cathedral; A Short History of Women, a New York Times Book Review ten best books of the year and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Our Kind, a National Book Award finalist; The Gardens of Kyoto; and Where She Went. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize stories. She’s received a National Endowment for the Arts fiction fellowship, a Connecticut Commission on the Arts fiction fellowship, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library.
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