Braided Lives

Braided Lives Growing up in Detroit in the s and going to college when the first seeds of sexual freedom are being sown Jill and Donna are coming of age in an exciting turbulent time Wry independent Jill th

  • Title: Braided Lives
  • Author: Marge Piercy
  • ISBN: 9780449000915
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
  • Growing up in Detroit in the 1950s, and going to college when the first seeds of sexual freedom are being sown, Jill and Donna are coming of age in an exciting, turbulent time Wry, independent Jill thrives in the new free spirited world, while her beautiful cousin Donna desperately searches for a man to make her life whole As each cousin is driven by different demons andGrowing up in Detroit in the 1950s, and going to college when the first seeds of sexual freedom are being sown, Jill and Donna are coming of age in an exciting, turbulent time Wry, independent Jill thrives in the new free spirited world, while her beautiful cousin Donna desperately searches for a man to make her life whole As each cousin is driven by different demons and desires, they eventually realize that they cannot overcome fundamental differences in each others lives Still, as their futures assume contrary paths, Jill and Donna realize that they may be separated, but they ll never be truly divided from one another Rings with passionate awarenesshonest and impressive THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLDFrom the Paperback edition.

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    1. A life changer. I credit this novel and a steady diet of Ani DiFranco right around 1995 with turning me into the man hating evil feminist I am today. In hindsight, not the greatest novel - like most 70's era second wave feminist literature, it's heavy handed and the story and characters take a backseat to the political agenda. Every horrible thing that could happen to middle class white women in the 60's happens to these characters - rape, incest, coat hanger abortions, abusive "activist" boyfri [...]

    2. This is the story of the friendship between two women, a friendship that starts when they are girls and lasts over decades, following their braided lives as one marries and becomes the wife of a rich man while the other begins a career as a writer. The story is told from the first person perspective of the latter and explores what it means to be a woman in a capitalist society, with a distinct feminist slant.And no, I am not referring to Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, even though the simi [...]

    3. Marge Piercy is working-class feminist gritty real lady book comfort food. I think reading this book when I was 14 showed me how you become a writer when you don't have a trust fund, and how you live through this as a no money girl writer- love, life, fucking, danger, solo apartments, stealing paper from work.

    4. An old favorite. Found this book in a used bookstore in London when I was 18 and was deeply moved by the story of women's friendships in the proto-feminist era.

    5. I hesitate to write a review of a novel by Marge Piercy, I feel to do so is akin to a child writing her teacher's end of year appraisal and yetI've been reading Marge Piercy for decades and she does not always write easy reading, not just in her style but also in her choice of stories which are usually peopled by strong, independent women struggling to be accepted by a society that feels, far too often, threatened by their strength and downright determination to live their lives on their terms. [...]

    6. Actual Rating: 3.5 rounded to 4 starsMarge Piercy is one of those authors best encountered at exactly the right time of life and in the right frame of mind. I’ve read three of her other novels (Small Changes, Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York, and Three Women) and found them to be, for the most part, what I expected: novels written by a politically active Second Wave feminist poet. For some reason, I really connected with Braided Lives, I think because the characters are close to my age [...]

    7. I wanted to like this book, since it had come highly recommended by another reader who said the author, Marge Piercy, was "amazing." I was able to keep reading the book only because I was trapped on a plane with it and had nothing else to read. Otherwise, I would not have made it past the first few chapters. Apparently, the author is a poet as well as novelist, which might account for the impenetrable prose that seemed, at times, to be nothing more than the author playing with the sound of words [...]

    8. If I had stopped reading this book before the last 50 pages or so, I would have been much happier and would have given it 4 stars. Overall, this was a good read - I like Marge Piercy's writing style and sometimes feel like we have led overlapping lives, but she let her personal politics get in the way of an otherwise excellent story. The ending of this book was way over the top, felt false, and diminished the power of the story. She is not the only writer to fall into this trap - Upton Sinclair' [...]

    9. My favourite book ever. I first read it 25 years ago (eek) and have reread it at least yearly since, and I get something new out of it each time. It speaks to me more than any other book, and I read all other books hoping to get the same thrill from them. The main character, Jill, is so real, which may be because the book is partly autobiographical, as confirmed in Marge Piercy's autobiography, Sleeping with Cats, also well worth reading. Her description of first love is amazing, as well as the [...]

    10. This was the first book of Marge Piercy's that I read. I just stumbled on it accidentally in the Bryn Mawr library. I remember getting the book and not doing anything else until I was done reading it. Part of the reason why it was so powerful was because it's about a young woman in college, so I could identify so closely with it. Anyway, it turned me into a huge Marge Piercy fan, though I would be the first to admit that her books are of uneven quality.

    11. There were parts of this book that I really loved but I did find that it dragged on quite a bit and I got tired of hearing about the protagonist's love affairs. She was such an ardent feminist and yet there was so much focus on the men in her life of whom I grew quite bored. I would have preferred to read more about the character's political work which was just mentioned here and there in passing. But, still, it was nice to read a feminist account of women's lives in the 1950s.

    12. This was my first Piercy book, and I think this one and "woman on the edge of time" are the best by her that I have read. "Gone to Soldiers" was fantastic, but there were so many characters in such a huge novel that at times I wanted to diagram the plot to make sure I was thinking of the correct story line. In these two, she gets it just right, and the stories are compelling and fabulous.Maybe a little too "neo feminist" for some, but i love her work.

    13. This book helped me see things from a different angle-- corny or not, this book is "empowering". Maybe the book is dated, but nevertheless a great book I'll recommend to my own daughter one day, when she's older, much older. And she probably won't read it because she'll have a Kindle and access to all the Pretty Little Liar books she can consume no lazy summer days with nothing else to do other than read the weird Marge Piercy book her mother bought for her.

    14. A college novel regarding a woman undergraduate from a working class background at University of Michigan in the 1950s. Good insight into the challenges of a first generation student, and sexism in the 1950s college dating scene. Scenes of campus life at UM will be familiar to anyone who has visited or gone to school there.

    15. It's the 1950s and Marge Piercy's main character doesn't want a man to posses her. Hmmm. Good luck with that. Having just read her memoir, I can tell that large portions of this novel are inspired by her own life. It seemed like things were going to be grim, and so my attention waned. Also? Horrible 80's-esque cover. So bad it is almost good.

    16. An epic story of life in Ann Arbor and NYC during the 60s. I suspect it is autobiographical - though she claims not. The story of how lives of friends braids together was interesting -- but it had an air of soap opera as to who was having sex with who how often etcc.

    17. A bit dated but still enjoyable read about women's relationships with each other and with men with a background theme of what happened to women when they didn't have access to safe and legal abortions.

    18. Another Marge Piercy that I never ever wanted to end. This one is set in the 50s and 60s, and provides a nice reminder of the darkness that nurtured pre-feminist awakenings in America. A very nice counterpart to Mad Men. Can I just have The Complete Marge Piercy delivered to my doorstep?

    19. one of the many books that changed my life at the time that i read it, which was when i was working for planned parenthood as a teenager. it's images of the women's rights/reproductive rights movement are beautiful, the prose is fluid and the story is unforgettable.

    20. I read this over and over. Piercy has caught my college experience in this novel, 25 years before it happened

    21. A good feminist novel that traces the protagonist through her teens and young adult years, following her through the experiences that shape her feminist beliefs.

    22. I really liked this book when I read it back in 1991, but when I tried to re-read it recently, I wasn't that into it

    23. I always had the impression 'Vida' was somewhat autobiographical; I liked that aspect of it, but not it generally that much. This sounds similar looking forward to it

    24. Okay, tried this book twice because I really liked some of her other books but this one is just not interesting and I cannot see that it is going to be worth my time.

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