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The Squirrel-Cage   By: (1879-1958)

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The Squirrel-Cage by Dorothy Canfield Fisher is a poignant and gripping novel that explores the complexities of marriage, family, and personal fulfillment. Set in the early 20th century, the story revolves around the life of a young woman named Laura, who finds herself trapped in the monotonous routine of domesticity.

Fisher’s writing style is captivating and reflective, effortlessly drawing readers into Laura’s world. The prose is beautifully descriptive, painting vivid pictures of the characters and their surroundings. The author expertly crafts each scene, capturing the emotions and struggles that Laura grapples with throughout the book.

At its core, The Squirrel-Cage is a character-driven narrative that delves into the conflicts between personal desires and societal expectations. Laura’s journey towards self-discovery is relatable and moving, as she confronts the limitations placed upon women during that era. Her longing for intellectual stimulation and autonomy is felt deeply, endearing readers to her plight.

The complexities of Laura’s marriage add further depth to the story. Fisher delves into the intricacies of a relationship built on love and devotion, but also on differing ambitions and aspirations. The dynamics between Laura and her husband, Stephen, are portrayed with careful nuance, exploring the subtle power struggles and compromises they face.

In addition to its exploration of marital dynamics, the novel also touches upon themes of motherhood and the societal pressures associated with it. Fisher poignantly portrays Laura’s desire to be a good mother, while also yearning for her own identity beyond the confines of her familial role. This theme resonates with readers as it highlights the struggle for balance between personal fulfillment and societal expectations.

The Squirrel-Cage offers a thought-provoking commentary on the limited choices available to women during that time period. Fisher skillfully tackles these issues with sensitivity and insight, presenting a realistic portrayal of the challenges faced by women who sought to break free from societal norms.

Overall, The Squirrel-Cage is a deeply moving and astutely observed novel that asks important questions about identity, personal fulfillment, and the roles we play in society. Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s masterful storytelling and rich characterization make this a book that lingers in the mind long after the last page is turned. It is a compelling read for anyone interested in thought-provoking literature that explores the complexities of the human experience.

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[Illustration: Paul stood by her, looking down into her eyes, bending over her, smiling, pressing, confident, masterful. (Page 96)]



With Illustrations By JOHN ALONZO WILLIAMS


Copyright, 1911, 1912, By THE RIDGWAY COMPANY

Copyright, 1912, By HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

Published March, 1912





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