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Sex Wars by Marge Piercy
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Jul 19, 11

bookshelves: 2011, beloved
Read from July 14 to 18, 2011

I enjoyed this novel so much! It sent me back to my history classes in college, my senior papers about suffragettes like Jane Addams and Jeanette Rankin. I love this era in history so much! Marge Piercy really gave it a depth your average historical novel couldn't have matched.

The four main strands of the narrative represent suffragettes, spiritualists turned politicians, Jewish immigrants, and even a Congregationalist conservative bent on fighting "the filth of the era," none other than history's Anthony Comstock!

From suffrage, to birth control and abortion; socialism and freelove, this novel addresses it all from multiple viewpoints and arguments, giving so much voice to such a complex setting. I loved this novel; it really was an escape because you get so caught up in the characters' struggles, but it's simultaneously so informative with very straight forward prose.

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