Kate Chopin: The Awakening
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The Pontellier family are spending a hot, lazy holiday on the Gulf of Mexico. No-one expects that Edna Pontellier should be preoccupied with anything more than her husband and children. When an illicit summer romance awakens new ideas and longings in Edna, she can barely understand herself, and cannot hope for aid or acceptance in the stifling attitudes of Louisiana society. This is Kate Chopin's compelling, candid portrait of a woman attempting to break free caused an outcry when first published in 1899.