St. Martin's Press, Inc.
First American Edition, 1975
Published in Great Britain by Heinemann, 1975
From the book jacket:
In this dazzling electrical-storm of a novel, Fay Weldon illuminates a whole generation of women - the educated, articulate, vulnerable, damaged, only half-liberated sorority that is old enough to remember World War Two, but young enough still to be confronting major decisions about their own lives and the men in them. Stage center are Chloe, Marjorie, and Grace - all are just over forty, all of them struggling through the new morass of a female's life in a male-dominated world. The special physical entailments of womanhood - pregnancy, abortion, menstruation, menopause - pull monstrously at them, at the same time as they are pushed by their male employers, husbands, lovers, fathers, and sons. And pushed, too, by mothers, daughters, female rivals, and female friends. We meet Helen, California, and Mrs. Leacock - women and yet users of women as well as men. And we meet the used: Gwyneth, Geraldine, Francoise and, each in her own way, our Chloe, Marjorie, and Grace. This is a major novel, compulsively readable, about the predicament of civilized females in our time. Fay Weldon's earlier novel, Down Among the Women, was also published by St. Martin's Press. TIME Magazine proclaimed: "Beside Fay Weldon, all the Germaine Greers, all the Kate Milletts, all the non-fictionists of Women's Liberation pale into abstract theory."
Bio from the book jacket:
Fay Weldon's novel Down Among the Women won praise in 1972. She has also written and had screened a number of successful television plays, including part of the Upstairs Downstairs series. She is married, has three children and lives in London.
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