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Speak, Memory

I grew up in a family that disapproved of education for girls. Although it turned out that I was the brightest, outshining my three brothers, my parents didn’t alter their stand that boys had brains and girls had wombs. Boys went out into the world with their brains. Girls stayed at home with their wombs. […] Read more…

Everyone is Watching by Megan Bradbury

One of the reasons I love literary fiction is that it makes me think about what I want from fiction and what fiction is capable of doing. Everyone is Watching”” is a novel about New York City as seen through the eyes of people who helped to shape it, people like Robert Mapplethorpe, the photographer […] Read more…

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Yesterday I read The Awakening by Kate Chopin, an exquisitely beautiful novel about a woman’s realisation that she can no longer live according to the conventions imposed on women. These conventions place her as a possession tethered to her husband, her household, and her children. But when she tries to live according to the dictates […] Read more…