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Stories from Suffragette City

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

Stories from Suffragette City by M.J. Rose & Fiona Davis (editors) X
Stories from Suffragette City by M.J. Rose & Fiona Davis (editors)
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Stories from Suffragette City is a collection of short stories that all take place on a single day: October 23, 1915.

It's the day when tens of thousands of women marched up Fifth Avenue, demanding the right to vote in New York City. Thirteen of today's bestselling authors have taken this moment as inspiration to raise the voices of history and breathe fresh life into their struggles and triumphs.

The characters depicted here, some well-known, others unfamiliar, each inspire and reinvigorate the power of democracy. We follow a young woman who is swept up in the protests when all she expected was to come sell her apples in the city. We see Ava Vanderbilt as her white-gloved sensibility is transformed over the course of the single fateful day. Ida B. Wells battles for racial justice in the women's suffrage movement so that every woman's voice can be heard. Each story stands on its own, but together Stories From Suffragette City becomes a symphony, painting a portrait of a country looking for a fight and ever restless for progress and equality.

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"A landmark 1915 protest for women's suffrage is the setting for the dozen short stories in this rousing anthology...A diverse range of vivid characters brings human faces to a historical protest march." - Kirkus Reviews

"[E]ngrossing...As a whole, the anthology gives assured voice and intriguing dimension to the actors of a pivotal era." - Publishers Weekly

"As we approach the 100th anniversary of the first time women voted in a presidential race, how fitting it is to read short stories that illuminate one event that helped women achieve that right: a historic women's march in New York City in 1915. This book's collection includes authors whose work I devour―from Dolen Perkins-Valdez to Chris Bohjalian to Christina Baker Kline―and here they are, all in one place." - Tori Whitaker for Parade Magazine

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Pat Edgar

Suffrage Struggle Through Stories
Thirteen talented and well known authors contribute to the anthology, Stories from Suffragette City, edited by M.J. Rose and Fiona Davis. All of the stories have some connection to October 23, 1915, the day on which the largest group of U. S. women marched together in New York City in the effort to earn the right to vote. The characters of these tales are varied, coming from all over the country and representing very different ages and economic groups. In some instances, real historical figures are incorporated into the fictional narratives. Because of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment this year, I’ve been reading a great deal of both fiction and nonfiction based on the women and men who were part of the more than 80-year struggle. Of all the volumes I’ve read, this will take pride of place on my shelves. I highly recommend it.

Portia A. (Monroe Township, NJ)

One Day in Oct. 2015
An excellent group of stories connected by the Suffragette March held on Oct. 23, 1915. A good overview of the time. Read it if you can.

Gail K. (Saratoga Springs, NY)

Nice tribute to the Suffrage Movement
Although I rarely choose to read short stories, I'm so glad I made an exception in requesting Stories from Suffragette City. While each story is set in New York City on October 15, 1915, the day when thousands of women marched up Fifth Avenue demanding the right to vote, each story in this collection is unique. And each one will resonate with women and men today who can appreciate the long, hard struggle to earn women's suffrage. While I liked all the stories, I think my favorites were the first, "Apple Season," and the last, "The Last Mile". The first featured a main character who was impoverished; the last featured characters who were privileged. I enjoyed seeing that the right to vote was important to all women, not just those of a certain social class. This would make a great "car book." You know, the book you leave in your car for the times you are stuck in traffic or find yourself at an appointment, having forgotten the book you are currently reading. I recommend it to those readers who care about justice - and to those who don't care but should.

Esther Lutzker

Stories from Suffragette City
With thanks to BookBrowse for the opportunity to read and review StoriesFrom Suffragette City. I usually do not like short stories but was intrigued by the subject,so I requested a preview copy.
The book is comprised of 12 stories centered around the huge Suffrage Parade in New York City in 1915, each written by a current popular author,most specializing in historical fiction. There is one character,the young niece of Charles Tiffany,who appears in more than one story connecting them. The women range from socialites to factory workers,immigrants,students,orphans and men supporting their wives. Black women were not included. A young Chinese student who marched was not able to vote until 1943.
I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.

Lorri S. (Pompton Lakes, NJ)

Votes for Women
What a great way to live a little bit of history. Each story handles the October 12, 1915 suffrage parade from a different angle, through a different character's eyes--young, old, men, women, women of color. As you go deeper into the collection the kaleidoscope view comes into focus. You see how much the suffrage movement accomplished, and how much more it had to accomplish. There is something for everyone here.

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With an introduction by Kristin Hannah and stories from: Lisa Wingate, M.J. Rose, Steve Berry, Paula McLain, Katherine J. Chen, Christina Baker Kline, Jamie Ford, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Megan Chance, Alyson Richman, Chris Bohjalian and Fiona Davis.

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