The Awakening (Diversion Classics)

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Diversion Books, Jul 21, 2015 - Fiction
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Featuring an appendix of discussion questions, the Diversion Classics edition is ideal for use in book groups and classrooms.

In this stunning work of early feminist literature, New Orleans housewife Edna Pontellier attempts to balance motherhood and femininity in a society that stifles women. As she navigates a world of social contracts and expectations while trying to remain true to her desires, Edna becomes increasingly isolated. One of the American South's first defining novels, THE AWAKENING is a heart-wrenching portrait of a woman struggling with her own identity.
 

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A novel of inspiration and selfdiscovery

User Review  - debra1959 - Overstock.com

In The Awakening we embark upon a character Edna Pontillier who needed change and she felt it strong enough to act on it when she met Robert. Life was incomplete for her. Instead of continuing down ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jed - Goodreads

The writing in this was better than I remembered, but the message is still just as confusing. Any 'awakening' that leads to infidelity and suicide is not for me, thanks. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8
Section 22
Section 23
Section 24
Section 25
Section 26
Section 27
Section 28
Section 29

Section 9
Section 10
Section 11
Section 12
Section 13
Section 14
Section 15
Section 16
Section 17
Section 18
Section 19
Section 20
Section 21
Section 30
Section 31
Section 32
Section 33
Section 34
Section 35
Section 36
Section 37
Section 38
Section 39
Section 40
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About the author (2015)

Kate Chopin was born Katherine O'Flaherty in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 8, 1851. Although she was brought up in a wealthy and socially elite Catholic family, Chopin's childhood was marred by tragedies. Her father was killed in a train accident when Chopin was just four years old, and in the following years she also lost her older brother, great-grandmother, and half-brother. In 1870, at the age of 19, she married Oscar Chopin, the son of a wealthy cotton-growing family in Louisiana. The couple had seven children together, five boys and two girls, before Oscar died of swamp fever in 1883. The following year, Chopin packed up her family and moved back to St. Louis to be with her mother, who died just a year later. To support herself and her family, Chopin started to write. Her first novel, At Fault, was published in 1890. Her most famous work, The Awakening, inspired by a real-life New Orleans woman who committed adultery, was published in 1899. The book explores the social and psychological consequences of a woman caught in an unhappy marriage in 19th century America, is now considered a classic of the feminist movement and caused such an uproar in the community that Chopin almost entirely gave up writing. Chopin did try her hand at a few short stories, most of which were not even published. Chopin died on August 22, 1904, of a brain hemorrhage, after collapsing at the World's Fair just two days before.

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