The Wrong Kind of Woman – Audiobook Online

The Wrong Kind of Woman is a novel written by Sarah McCraw Crow, which tells the story of a young woman named Harper who is struggling with her identity and her relationships with the people around her. The novel delves into themes of self-discovery, family dynamics, and the challenges faced by women in contemporary society.

Plot Summary:

The story begins with Harper, a recent college graduate, returning to her small hometown in Texas. She is haunted by the memories of her past and the expectations placed upon her by her family and the community. Harper is a talented artist, but her parents and the townspeople believe that she should follow a more traditional path, such as getting married and starting a family.

As Harper navigates her way through these expectations, she forms relationships with a diverse group of people, including her free-spirited aunt, a charismatic preacher, and a kind-hearted cowboy. Each of these characters helps her to explore her own identity and challenges the societal norms that have been imposed upon her.

Throughout the novel, Harper discovers that the people around her are not as perfect as they seem. She learns that her parents have been hiding a dark secret that has affected her entire family. This revelation forces Harper to confront her own fears and insecurities, ultimately leading her to embrace her true self.

“A glorious debut featuring characters desperate to find belonging in a world on the brink of change.” (Carol Rifka Brunt, New York Times bestselling author of Tell the Wolves I’m Home)

“McCraw Crow deftly navigated the campus and national politics of the 70s in a way that remains timely and urgent today. A powerful and thought-provoking debut.” (Amy Meyerson, national bestselling author of Yesterday’s Bookstore)

A powerful exploration of what a woman can become when what she should be is no longer an option.

In late 1970, Oliver Desmarais died in his front yard while hanging Christmas lights. A year later, his widow, Virginia, struggled to find her place on the campus of the elite men’s college in New Hampshire, where Oliver was a professor. While Virginia had always shared her husband’s prejudices against the four outspoken, never-married women on the faculty—dubbed the Gang of Four by her male colleagues—she now found herself dependent on them, even joined their work to bring the women’s movement to Clarendon. Colleges.

Before long, however, reports of violent protests across the country reached this sleepy New England town, sparking tensions between Clarendon’s fraternal base and those calling change. As the government tries to crack down on “extremists,” Virginia must decide whether she is willing to put herself and her family in danger for an ideal that has never felt more like her own.

I love that this beautifully written novel captures a perspective on relationships between women that doesn’t often appear in fiction – how women shape each other. Not the women in your family but the women around you. The way young women—possibly women of any age—are looking around, assessing what they might become. This story captures many elements – feminism, motherhood, the struggles of adolescence, the search for identity – but for me it’s mostly about the bonds between women and the power of that rope.
If you’re interested in the 1970s, you’ll love this. If you are a feminist, you will love it. If you’re in the academic world, you’ll love it. Highly recommended.

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