Monthly Archives: April 2024

The Awkward Age

The Awkward Age by Henry James

The Awkward Age by Henry James

Nanda Brookenham is coming of age, and thus ‘coming out’ in London society – which leads to complications in her family’s social set in London’s fin de si├Ęcle life. James presents the novel almost entirely in dialogue, an experiment that adds to the immediacy of the scenes but also creates serious ambiguities about characters and their motives.

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The Story of Avis

The Story of Avis by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

The Story of Avis by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps’s novel is set in a New England college town, and focuses on Avis Dobell, a professor’s daughter. Avis is a talented painter, and bucks against the constraints placed on women in the 19th century. She wants to pursue a career as an artist and rejects marriage and motherhood, until she meets the charismatic young professor Philip Ostrander. Phelps’s novel is a beautifully-written examination of the conflicts between marriage and career for women that is still relevant today.

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A Spring Hike

A Spring Hike by Mike Bozart

A Spring Hike by Mike Bozart

While hiking near Ridgecrest (NC) in 2004, the author realizes that it is only a matter of time before his (1st) marriage fails.

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