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Stories from Suffragette City

by M.J. Rose & Fiona Davis (editors)

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  • Karen B. (Red Wing, MN)
    Historical fiction-short stories
    I work at the Red Wing Public Library, and tend to be the person that offers many book recommendations, as I read a wide variety of books. But my favorite genre is historical fiction, and there has been a plethora of these books published in the last year, mainly WWII, and you do tend to get tired of reading the same type of book; even if the subject is different, the tone and the general idea can be the same. I am not generally a fan of short stories, and I think this is because if one author is writing them all, they tend to be too similar. This collection, though, with stories written by different authors (so many of my favorites!), brought this period in time to life from so many different points of view. Even though the subject of each story was the same, each story itself was so carefully crafted and researched, I wanted to know more, so I went to the next chapter! And a whole other viewpoint of the same event by another amazing author was right there! The backstory for this book, how Fiona and M.J. brainstormed this whole idea sitting in an airport in Minnesota, was intriguing, also. I was pretty ignorant of the suffragette movement and I feel that this book leaves you wanting to learn a bit more, especially about some of the historical women that were highlighted in various stories. Thanks to them, we are where we are today.
  • Martha S. (Mentor, OH)
    Stories from Suffragette City
    I loved this book! Really loved it. Although I am not a fan of short stories, I was drawn to this book because of the authors, all current influential writers. I didn't know much about the 1915 Women's Suffragette March for the right to vote. The timing and topic could not be more appropriate for today's audience. Surely anyone reading these stories will thoughtfully compare that time in history to what is happening in 2020. The main characters in each story, either real or imaginary, are so well developed that I felt like I was part of the march and I had a better understanding why these women marched. Most endearing was the character of "Grace" appearing in several stories. As a side note, I also learned reading short stories can be as fulfilling as reading a whole novel.
  • Judith C. (Santa Rosa, CA)
    Stories From Suffragette City
    I really enjoyed this book. I thought I knew a reasonable amount about the Suffragette movement in the US but was totally unaware of the huge march of thousands and thousands of women (and some men) down 5th Avenue in New York City on Oct. 23rd 1915. The stories are vignettes about women and girls who participated in the parade with a few of the stories having threads of connection. Highly recommended for book clubs and for young adults--especially girls who take suffrage for granted. The stories are by lots of well known authors including Chris Bohjalian, Jamie Ford, Paula McLain and Christina Baler Kline. I hated to leave each chapter but was then quickly immersed in the next one!
  • Carol P. (Tuscaloosa, AL)
    Not just for this year, but going forward too
    An historic and tumultuous election year, simultaneous with a global pandemic, back-burnered many of the commemorations of the passage of the 19th Amendment. But this book has a message that, perhaps, becomes even more meaningful as political winds blow from differing directions. Your favorite writers personalize a social upheaval that has shaped all our lives, writing short vignettes that can easily be wedged into your reading day. What could be better? Definitely recommend and give copies to your friends, too.
  • Jo B. (DeRidder, LA)
    Great idea
    What a great concept to have different authors write a short story about the same event. This gives the reader a varied perspective on the women's march for the right to vote which was held in NYC, 101 years ago last month. Each story was well written and unique. Thank you for the advanced reader copy.
  • Carole P. (Natick, MA)
    Stories from Suffragette City
    Until now I had never read an anthology where every story was a gem. The writing was excellent. All the stories engrossing. All made me feel as though I was there. This little book gave me new insights into the suffragette movement. It made me proud of and grateful to all those brave souls who struggled so hard and against all odds. Whenever I vote, drive, do to a job of my choosing and a million other things, all of those women are with me. If this isn't enough, every story is just a great read. I really want to give it 10 stars.
  • Dorothy H. (Folsom, CA)
    Short stories of Suffragette Women
    Ten writers have written short stories about women of all walks of life on the day of the largest Suffragette parade in NYC. A timely read.
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