In this first week of February 2013, I hereby call to order the 14th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, no worries—catch up at your leisure.
This week I share with you some fabulous Kate authors who we have not had the pleasure of interviewing but whose work you should definitely tack onto your “To Read” list:
Kate Chopin—The Awakening— Kate Chopin, perhaps unwittingly, became one of the mothers of the feminist movement. Although David Chopin, her grandson, claims “Kate was neither a feminist nor a suffragist, she said so. She was nonetheless a woman who took women extremely seriously. She never doubted women’s ability to be strong”. And it is this female strength that is a theme that threads through all of her works including her classic text The Awakening. While not a well received book in Chopin’s time, criticized heavily by both male and female literary contemporaries, it has since been rediscovered and embraced by the modern literary community as a bold, well-crafted piece of that suggests more creative nonfiction than fictional realism. Continue reading