Kate Chopin's classic, an American Anna Karenina, joins Canongate's Canons series.
'Introducing this release of The Awakening has given me an opportunity to re-experience one of my life's important books...I still marvel at Chopin's realism, her impatience with conventional trappings, her arresting honesty' - Barbara Kingsolver
'Incisive, brilliant and haunting' - Maggie O'Farrell
Over one long, languid summer Edna Pontellier, fettered by marriage and motherhood, becomes acquainted with Robert Lebrun. As the days shorten and the temperature drops Edna succumbs to Robert's devotion. But as her desire grows so too does her discontentment - with the role society has forced her to play and with the bonds that hold her fast - and her world begins to unravel with devastating consequences
The Awakening is widely regarded as one of the forerunners of feminist literature alongside Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and Flaubert's Madame Bovary. First published in the United States in 1899, this radical novel sent shockwaves through American society and continues to speak to readers over a hundred years later. This tender, brilliant, and seductive novel is as beautifully written as it is politically engaging.
Kate Chopin, born Katherine O'Flaherty in 1850, was one of the most individual and adventurous of nineteenth-century American writers, whose fiction explored new and often startling territory. She is the author of two novels, The Awakening and My Fault, and several short stories.
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