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The Book of V.

by Anna Solomon

The Book of V. by Anna Solomon X
The Book of V. by Anna Solomon
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    May 2020, 320 pages

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In a reimagining of the biblical story of Esther, The Book of V. intertwines the lives of three female characters across centuries and shines a light on how societal roles and expectations for women have changed as well as stayed the same.

In ancient Persia, Esther, a young Jewish woman, parades herself in front of the king in a desperate attempt to save her people. In the 1970s, Vee, a United States senator's wife, is floundering after being punished for refusing to follow her husband's humiliating orders. In 2016, Lily, a wife and mother, questions her life choices as she receives devastating news. In The Book of V., Anna Solomon weaves together these women's stories, creating an exploration of feminism, purpose and cultural identity.

The novel is divided into three points of view, one for each of the women. This multi-narrative approach is becoming more common in literature with varying degrees of success, but Solomon pulls it off. Each of the plot lines feels distinct and necessary, and the back-and-forth between the characters and the centuries helps move the story along. However, it does move quite slowly. This is...

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