I read The Awakening because my pen pal recommended it. Have I mentioned I have a bookish pen pal? She has great taste!
The Awakening is a short novella written in the late 19th century, and was extremely controversial for it’s time. It’s about a married woman and mother who finds herself falling in love with another man, and starts to crave independence – she wants to be her own person. This book essentially ended the author’s career, but it’s a fantastic book with themes that are still really relevant today (like the questioning of gender roles). Kate Chopin is now seen as far ahead her time.
Chopin’s writing is beautifully simple and clear – her prose has aged very well. When tracking down a copy, be sure to grab one that includes her other short stories – they are fantastic and will definitely make you think.