The Longings of Women Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Consideration of this novel might begin with individual definitions of home and homelessness. To spell out parallels between the fictitious characters in The Longings of Women and real women known to members of the discussion group will underscore ways in which Piercy intends her writing "to be of use." Is homelessness different for women than for men? If yes, how so?

What societal factors contribute to the growing problem of homelessness in America? Connecting Leila, Becky and Mary to "real life" counterparts portrayed in the media might enable greater understanding of the scope, range and intensity of this problem.

1. How do Mary, Becky and Leila differ in their attitudes toward marriage, children, friends, family, work?

How does each change and/or grow in the course of this novel?

2. Research the problem of homelessness in your community. What steps being taken to alleviate or address this problem...

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