The Awakening - Kate Chopin
Kate Chopin is one of the leading female American novelists and considered a forerunner of femenist authors in the 20th century. The Awakening is a small, sweet novella. The story of the awakening into self consciousness, self awareness of Mrs. Edna Pontellier, "Even as a child she had lived her own small life all within herself. At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life—that outward existence which conforms, the inner life which questions." Chopin is so articulate, shedding light into the small dark private moments and telling volumes and volumes in the most concise sentences. I admire greatly, and truly cannot comprehend, the courage it takes to write such an empowering woman's story in 1899. It's beautiful. It's perfect. At 135 pages, you really have no excuse to not read it. None.