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The Closed Door and Other Stories by Dorothy Whipple

I am just about in the middle of reading this book and I can hardly wait for lunch-time or the end of an evening to pick it up!  Its an unlikely choice for me.  Most of the stories were written between 1935 and 1941 and I tend to like very current fiction. Most of the characters are either to self-centered to like or to pathetic to relate to. There are lots of overbearing parents of sad and lonely daughters and tyrant husbands of downtrodden wives who are mostly to sheltered to even know what they’re missing. So, what makes this book appealing?  I think its that so far each daughter/wife has had a small triumph at the end of the story, and in such bleak situations, these small victories are glorious!  And, only occasionally,  the “bad guy” gets taken down a peg, but its exceptionally rewarding when it happens.  In my opinion, this is some good early feminist writing.

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