This collection is like a mini-biography of each female writer, as if there weren't enough material for a whole biography but too much for an essay, and focused in a kind of meandering way through a field of uncomfortable relationships between men and women.
I picked it up to read while on a destination wedding weekend and boy oh boy, was this the wrong book to bring. Here I was thinking all these wonderful thoughts about the future bride and groom, seeing hope personified, feeling the love between such a perfectly matched couple, and to sit down to some reading time to the obstacles women writers in our history have had to overcome, and how they mostly didn't, was a chasm too wide to cross. Instead, I just skimmed over it and tried to feel the accomplishment of the writers themselves. If these writers weren't so brilliant and so talented, they certainly wouldn't have been worth writing about here, and this writer is worth reading almost always.
Just not while at a destination wedding.
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