The Longings of Women Summary
her twelfth novel, The Longings of InWomen, Piercy gives readers her most fully-formed ensemble yet: three women, whose lives intertwine, each searching in her own way for a place in the world that cannot be lost to the vagaries of relationships, work, or the economy. This need for a physical and spiritual home supersedes all other quests herein, and The Longings of Women examines that quest from many angles. Rosellen Brewer calls Piercy's portrait of homelessness poignant, and perceptive. In this novel, it is clearly the social issue of greatest magnitude, for the author.
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas claims The Longings of Women is "about the best account I've seen of the condition of women in America during the recent past. ... It vindicates what every woman over fifty already knows only too well, and presents young women with a chance to gain wisdom without actually aging." What Women...
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The Longings of Women Short Guide
Marge Piercy Biographies (2)
2,152 words, approx. 8 pages
Marge Piercy epitomizes a feminist maxim: "The personal is political." In the essay "Mirror Images" (1980) Piercy writes, "My poetry appears to me at once more personal and universal than my fiction. ...
5,412 words, approx. 19 pages
Marge Piercy's reputation as an important fiction writer began with the appearance of her first published novel, Going Down Fast, in 1969. Especially with Gone to Soldiers (1987) and City of Darknes...