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In "What Answer?" Anna E. Dickinson takes readers on a thought-provoking journey, exploring the themes of identity, purpose, and the struggle for equality. Through her evocative writing and an insightful narrative, Dickinson masterfully captures the essence of the human experience and delivers a poignant message.

The book revolves around the main character's search for answers in a society plagued by injustice and inequality. Dickinson paints a vivid picture of the protagonist's inner turmoil, highlighting the conflicted emotions that arise from navigating societal norms and expectations. Readers will find themselves deeply engaged in the journey of self-discovery, as the character grapples with the weight of their own identity and the external pressures imposed upon them.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is Dickinson's ability to bring to life the intricate dynamics of various relationships. The complex web of interactions between characters adds depth and authenticity to the story. From the strained familial bonds to the fragile connections forged in the face of adversity, each relationship is portrayed with nuance and sensitivity, resonating with readers on an emotional level.

Dickinson's exploration of social justice and equality serves as a powerful undercurrent throughout the book. Through her characters, she exposes the injustices that exist within society and delves into the consequences of complacency. The author's unflinching portrayal of these issues challenges readers to confront their own biases and consider the impact of their actions. It is a timely reminder of the ongoing struggle for equality and the need for individuals to take a stand against injustice.

The writing style in "What Answer?" is engaging and lyrical, with Dickinson's prose flowing effortlessly from one scene to the next. Her descriptive language paints vivid images, immersing readers in the world she has created. The pacing of the story is well-crafted, allowing for moments of reflection and introspection while maintaining an undercurrent of suspense that compels readers forward.

While the narrative is compelling, there are moments where the story loses momentum. Certain passages feel overly detailed, slowing down the pace and detracting from the overall impact. However, these lulls are few and far between, and do not overshadow the book's powerful themes.

In "What Answer?", Anna E. Dickinson delivers a literary work that profoundly examines the human condition and calls upon readers to question their own role in societal change. With its thought-provoking narrative, unforgettable characters, and powerful messages, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the complexities of identity and the ongoing pursuit of equality.

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Anna E. Dickinson




" In flower of youth and beauty's pride. "


A crowded New York street, Fifth Avenue at the height of the afternoon; a gallant and brilliant throng. Looking over the glittering array, the purple and fine linen, the sweeping robes, the exquisite equipages, the stately houses; the faces, delicate and refined, proud, self satisfied, that gazed out from their windows on the street, or that glanced from the street to the windows, or at one another, looking over all this, being a part of it, one might well say, "This is existence, and beside it there is none other. Let us dress, dine, and be merry! Life is good, and love is sweet, and both shall endure! Let us forget that hunger and sin, sorrow and self sacrifice, want, struggle, and pain, have place in the world." Yet, even with the words, "poverty, frost nipped in a summer suit," here and there hurried by; and once and again through the restless tide the sorrowful procession of the tomb made way.

More than one eye was lifted, and many a pleasant greeting passed between these selected few who filled the street and a young man who lounged by one of the overlooking windows; and many a comment was uttered upon him when the greeting was made:

"A most eligible parti !"

"Handsome as a god!"

"O, immensely rich, I assure you!"

" Isn't he a beauty!"

"Pity he wasn't born poor!"


"O, because they say he carried off all the honors at college and law school, and is altogether overstocked with brains for a man who has no need to use them... Continue reading book >>

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