- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Black Rose Writing; 1 edition (Sept. 8 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612968392
- ISBN-13: 978-1612968391
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
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Women Within Paperback – Sep 4 2017
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About the Author
Anne Leigh Parrish is the author of four previously published works of fiction: All The Roads That Lead From Home, Our Love Could Light The World, What Is Found, What Is Lost, and By The Wayside.
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The Lindell retirement community is where we start with three women Constance, Eunice and Sam.
The women are - Constance is an elderly woman, her care taker Eunice and Sam.
Constance is a retired feminist professor. Eunice is a natural caregiver who has bad taste in men and Sam is a “big boned” insightful young woman.
Women Within is is about three very different women at the Lindell Retirement Home. Constance is in her eighties reflects back her life as a scholar and fierce advocate of women and women's rights. This is all at a time in history when strong women were still consist threat. I love how she never apologized or downplayed her intelligence.
Sam and Eunice both work at the retirement home. We follow both as they try and find there way to self acceptance and happiness.
I was a little confused at first that Eunice and Sam became central characters since the beginning of the novel is so focused on Constance, her daughter, and her step mom Lois. Regardless I enjoyed the book and the writing was so smooth I hardly noticed the time fly by. I will definitely be seeking out other books by the author.
What a wonderful book!
Constance Maynard lives in a retirement home. She is fierce, independent and outspoken. She is a woman after my own heart. (When I get to be her age, if I am fortunate, I want to be like her.)
Her caregivers are Sam Clark and Eunice Fitch. Sam is what is euphemistically said to be “a big girl.” ((Oh, I hate that term.) Eunice is kindly and generous, but seems to be rather doomed at love – or so she believes.
Constance never married, but has a daughter. But we learn far more about that in the novel. “Oh, what a tangled web we weave…” She was a professor of history and an ardent defender and promoter of women’s rights. This is a very important theme in the book and makes it sing with promise.
I really liked this book. It was well written, almost lyrical in its wording. The plotting was very fine. The characters were believable and likeable. These three women forge a bond that is heartwarming and made me smile.
I want to thank Reagan Rothe / Creator, Black Rose Writing for forwarding to me a copy of this most wonderful book to read and enjoy.
Anne Leigh Parrish is the brilliant story-teller who brings the reader into the depths of deep emotion, particularly regret and bitterness. Women Within is her latest book, a gem woven together on many levels, and nicely connected by a mysterious tapestry sewn by at least four distinctive hands, some stitches even and tight, others ragged and mismatched. Constance, Meredith, and Sam live or work at the Lindell Home and their lives intertwine in ways too intense to describe in simple sentences. Constance is proud of her independence, and seems to have forgotten that women’s power was obtained slowly, deeply, and painfully. Readers over fifty may remember that you could not obtain a credit card unless your husband lent you his surname.
In academia, a woman could push too hard, only to be pulled back by an advisor who prevented her from fulfilling her dream of excavating her master’s work on a fifteenth century queen, who promised to offer bright parallels to the struggles of women through the past several centuries. Constance studied in Providence, then Boston, but when her doctoral advisor put limitations on the study, she readily obeyed and spent those precious years trying to please a man who was constrained by lack of discipline and resentment toward his female colleagues.
Eunice is a caregiver in personality, but in her profession there are few steps to excellence. She enjoys working with women patients, but she gives so much you wonder when burnout will pull her apart. The youngest, Meredith, is big, bold, and flashy. She confronts Constance – why have you never referred to our common history as the abandoned daughter of a mentally ill mother, visiting days in an institution, parceled out to “good people,” afraid to go out into the world. And yet, together they expect a better tomorrow.
Anne’s book sharply awakened in me the realization that what made it so hard to live as a feminist is that we did not talk to one another. We did not honor our stories, and learn from them.