Ella Price's Journal: A Novel

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Feminist Press at CUNY, 1972 - Fiction - 265 pages
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This novel unfolds as a series of entries in the journal of a suburban housewife attending college for the first time at the age of thirty-five. Ella’s growing consciousness begins to shake the foundations of her life, and she comes to the realization that she is irrevocably changed--and that to be true to herself, she must make painful choices.

First published in 1972, Ella Price's Journal is a deeply authentic literary rendering of a woman’s struggle to give voice to what Betty Friedan in The Feminine Mystique called "the problem that has no name,” and a novel that affirms the possibility of growth toward a richly intense and authentic life at any age.

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These two books by Bryant share similar themes: Ella Price's Journal (1972) and Miss Giardino (1978) both tell stories of women whose fates are changed by education late in their lives. Read full review

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About the author (1972)

Dorothy Bryant is a native San Franciscan, the daughter of immigrants from northern Italy. She attended public schools in the Mission District, then San Francisco State University, completing a BA in music (1950) and an MA in creative writing (1964). From 1953 to 1976 she taught music and English in Bay Area high schools and colleges, spending the most time at Contra Costa College, after moving to Berkeley in 1964. She began writing fiction and articles in 1960.

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