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The Awakening by Kate Chopin
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I challenged myself to read some challenged books last year, and I finally got around to picking this up. I liked it fine, although it has not aged very well since the Suffragettes....

The story follows a woman who lives her respectable, yet ultimately stifling, life in New Orleans with her husband and children. She meets a few odd characters - a young man always planning to make his fortune in Mexico, an elderly musician who plays wonderfully but who disdains everyone in her circle, an artist who inspires the main character - and then makes changes to her life, changes that upset the natural order of her family (I'm guessing this is one reason why people have challenged this book), and awakens more to her own emotional self. The end - possibly shocking in its time - came a little abruptly, and I'll have to puzzle over it a while. Kind of a strange book, but memorable for the unique characters.

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