The Women's Room, Paperback
4 out of 5 (5 ratings)


A landmark in feminist literature, THE WOMEN'S ROOM is a biting social commentary of a world gone silently haywire.

Written in the 1970s but with profound resonance today, this is a modern allegory that offers piercing insight into the social norms accepted blindly and revered so completely. 'Today's "desperate housewives" eat your heart out!

This is the original and still the best, a page-turner that makes you think.

Essential reading' Kate Mosse 'They said this book would change lives - and it certainly changed mine' Jenni Murray 'Reading THE WOMEN'S ROOM was an intense and wonderful experience.

It is in my DNA' Kirsty Wark 'THE WOMEN'S ROOM took the lid off a seething mass of women's frustrations, resentments and furies; it was about the need to change things from top to bottom; it was a declaration of independence' OBSERVER




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A story about a group of American women in the late sixties and early seventies struggling to find their own identities. I thought it was an interesting read, especially 30 years on from when it was written. Many things in the world have not changed very much...

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I first read this when I was younger, this is one of the definitive books about women and the changes we've had to go through.

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This was my first real introduction to adult women and our role in society. It opened my eyes in a huge way, I never was the same afterwards. Not long after that, I read The Handmaid's Tale, I credit both books for who I am today. A must read! In fact, I am digging out my 35 year old copy and re-read.

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This is a winding narrative, a soap opera that follows its main protagonist Mira from her youth into marriage and motherhood, and then from divorce into her new life as a post-graduate student at Harvard. Along the way, Mira’s friends from her two lives have their own stories, each woven into the fabric of Mira’s own. As the narrative develops, so does Mira's feminist consciousness.The trouble is, that the feminist agenda is sometimes just a bit too painfully obvious. It feels as though characters are invented and incidents are included merely to show off or drive home a second wave slogan, merely as a vehicle for the feminism and not because they are valuable or interesting in their own right. They are a little two-dimensional, a little bit stereotypical: they are rarely surprising.So, yes, this is a grand tour of second wave feminism in novel form: here, the personal is political from beginning to end. Worthy and readable? yes. Great art? not really.

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Published in 1977, mostly set in Cambridge MA in the years 1968-71, I found this a profoundly thought provoking novel. I attended college in Boston during that era and as I read this account of the lives of a group of Harvard graduate students - all women - I kept thinking of my foolish life during those tumultuous times. So many tragic stories about women dealing with the challenges of their lives. After reading this I wonder how one can not sympathize with the feminine movement.

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