Fettered For Life

Fettered For Life First published in FETTERED FOR LIFE is both a page turning melodrama and a classic of subversive literature As young Laura Stanley struggles to make her way independently in New York City she

  • Title: Fettered For Life
  • Author: Lillie Devereaux Blake Grace Farrell
  • ISBN: 9781558615540
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • First published in 1874, FETTERED FOR LIFE is both a page turning melodrama and a classic of subversive literature As young Laura Stanley struggles to make her way independently in New York City, she faces prejudices, limitations, and dangers based upon her gender She also encounters a colorful cast of villains and heroes representing a cross section of New York society First published in 1874, FETTERED FOR LIFE is both a page turning melodrama and a classic of subversive literature As young Laura Stanley struggles to make her way independently in New York City, she faces prejudices, limitations, and dangers based upon her gender She also encounters a colorful cast of villains and heroes representing a cross section of New York society a vile and corrupt judge, a working class wife batterer, a suffragist woman doctor, a gutsy washer woman, a female crossdresser, and the young man who must accept Laura as an equal before he can win her love Through the plot s many twists, the author s uncompromising view of gender relations comes through Only when women are allowed their full share of humanity and autonomy can a marriage of true minds take place.

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    1. I am almost finding it impossible to review this book without spoiling the surprise, because my favorite thing about it was when I finally guessed the secret of one of the main characters. I didn't have to wait until he revealed it explicitly but it did take me a really long time to guess and when it finally clicked I was absolutely surprised and electrified. It's an American novel from 1874 touting women's rights and showing how hard life is for women in the big city (NY) b/c of how limited the [...]

    2. I don't think this is the edition that I read, but I am sure it is the same book. I had to read this in college for a class on women in literature and culture and really enjoyed it. The book revolves around feminist issues and has a surprise twist ending.

    3. I don't know why I love this so much. Maybe, because Laura just wants to know that she can make it on her own and doesn't have to depend on anyone. Whatever the reason, I can read this book over and over again!

    4. It is utterly depressing how relevant a feminist novel written in the 1870's feels today. But it's also a fascinating read, and the writing style is very accessible and easy to read.

    5. This novel reads almost like an essay. It repeats scenarios and dialogues to underline its point, and its reformative qualities are convincing enough. A strange and interesting read.

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