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The Love Children

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"The Love Children is valuable in its exploration and depiction of the many ways in which gender can still be a limitation, even within a supposedly more enlightened society."—Bust Magazine

Marilyn French's 1977 novel The Women's Room epitomized the feminist movement and became one of the most influential books of our time. Now, in her last novel,she has captured the comple...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by The Feminist Press at CUNY (first published 2009)
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Marilyn French, acclaimed author of "The Women's Room" died on May 2, 2009 months before the release of her last novel, "The Love Children." In some ways it is poetic that this is her last novel. From what I have heard from women whose lives were touched by "The Women's Room," this last novel is a good capstone on French's legacy. The novel revolves around the life of Jess Leighton, a teen whose life epitomizes the changes brought about by the anti-war, feminist and civil rights movements of the...more
I was disappointed by this book. While I expected the story to be some what predictable and it was-teenage girl becoming aware of the world, going to college only to drop out and join a commune followed by motherhood and eventual marriage/career- it was also uneven. The last chapter took the main character from age 25 (in 1980 or so) to the present day. This meant that the fates of the characters we spent 300 pages getting to know were summed up in just a sentence or two: she wrote a book, he op...more
Coming of age during the 1960s in Cambridge, Massachusetts, our fictional narrator, Jess Leighton, tells her story in the first person and gives us a glimpse of what that experience was like--not only for her, but for a generation of similar young people--by revealing in great detail her thoughts, feelings, and actions.

With a feminist mother and an artist father, one might imagine that life would be perfect for Jess. But the bitter animosities between her parents color her childhood and teen yea...more
Adrienne Urbanski
(This review was also printed in the summer issue '09 of Bust Magazine.)

Marilyn French’s first novel, The Women’s Room, released during the women’s movement of the seventies, focused on a submissive housewife who divorces her husband to find her own life. The book quickly went on to become a feminist classic as it embodied many of the issues at the heart of the movement.
The Love Children picks up where The Women’s Room left off, exploring the lives of the daughters born to the women who achieved...more
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booknut Hall
did not finish and it was due back at the local library here in Lake Charles. I recall I did like it and would check out again, or even buy a used beat up copy to sell in a yard sale. Need to find this again. It was good, just not enough time to read it! As usual. Too many books, too little time.

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This final novel is a thought-provoking invitation to re-evaluate the trials and tribulations of coming of age during the 1960's with forethought of present day social injustices. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who can relate with philosophical investigations of human life.
I really liked this book, but I was not crazy about the ending. The book made me reflect on how far women's rights has come since my mother's generation. And actually, I'm not so sure we've come that far.
lucy by the sea
reads like an actual memoir. so the plot is not so tidy and sometimes it's boring or bizarre, but that is like a real life right?
I love Marilyn French and I kept reading in this one. It's maybe not her greatest, but her way of writing keeps pulling me in.
Mary Lou
Wonderful book by a magnificent author whose seminal work, "The Women's Room" opened my eyes when I read it way back when.
Courtney Young
This book was so captivating, I didn't want it to end. Do yourself a favor and read it! :)
This book isn't perfect (felt like there was at least one major plot hole), but I loved it.
Seriously sappy at the end. Feminist, but sappy. A good note for Marilyn French to end on.
Sherry Porter
I haven't read this book but I am curious... it is published by The Feminist Press.
Feminist literature at its very best!
pleasant story.
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She attended Hofstra University (then Hofstra College) where she also received a master's degree in English in 1964. She married Robert M. French Jr. in 1950; the couple divorced in 1967. She later attended Harvard University, earning a Ph.D in 1972.[1] Years later she became an instructor at Hofstra University.

In her work, French asserted that women's oppression is an intrinsic part of the male-d...more
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