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Visioning , A Novel

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In "Visioning," Susan Glaspell transports readers to the small town of Freeport, where protagonist Leslie Kemp grapples with loss, love, and the complexities of life. Set against the backdrop of the suffragette movement and the burgeoning field of psychoanalysis, this novel delves deep into the inner workings of the human mind and heart.

Glaspell's writing is beautifully evocative, painting vivid scenes of Freeport and its inhabitants. The characters are fully realized and multi-dimensional, making it easy for readers to become invested in their lives and relationships. Leslie's journey of self-discovery is both captivating and poignant, as she navigates her own desires and ambitions in a society that often seeks to constrain and define women's roles.

The novel's exploration of psychological themes adds a layer of depth to the story, as Leslie grapples with her own fears and insecurities. Glaspell's portrayal of the burgeoning field of psychoanalysis is both fascinating and thought-provoking, offering insights into the human mind and the ways in which we perceive ourselves and others.

Overall, "Visioning" is a compelling and engrossing read that will captivate fans of historical fiction and literary drama. Glaspell's storytelling is masterful, drawing readers in with its richly drawn characters and immersive setting. I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant story.

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"The Visioning, Susan Glaspell's second novel, tells about Katie Jones, a young woman who lives in the comfortable world she knows with a charming circle of friends. Her brother is an army officer, and her uncle lives in Washington. The world she knows is the world they let her see. Until Anne comes into the picture. Katie saves Anne from killing herself. Katie invents a story about Anne, a story which suits Katie's world, but what would she do, and feel, when she discovers the truth? The story focuses around Katie's eye opening experiences and her search for place and meaning in the new world she slowly discovers. Glaspell's usual charm and witty observation, this book is a wonderful read. It could also be of interest to fans of Virginia Woolf's "Night And Day."

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