Book 17 is The Awakening by Kate Chopin. First published in 1899 is the book more than 100 years old for the Popsugar Reading Challenge. Originally titled “A Solitary Soul” the plot centres on Edna Pontellier as she examines her life and her believes. This self exploration reveals that Edna has unorthodox views on womanhood and motherhood that are in conflict with the prevailing social attitudes. Set primarily in the New Orleans, Louisiana, USA the book is highly descriptive of the middle and upper class attitudes and lives.
This was short read. As a millennial and reading in 2015, none of Edna’s feelings are too shocking, but taken in its context she is bold. Nevertheless, this is a tragic tale because in the end Edna does not positively live in her own truth.