Don’t let the title and cover deceive you: this is a well written, thought-provoking book about much more than the concept of the “spinster” (or unmarried woman). The author uses that subject as a starting point to explore her own life and career along with those of several female authors with New England connections, including Edna St. Vincent Millay and Edith Wharton. This is a great book on its own, as well as a nice introduction to a group of talented writers and their works.
“What’s surprising about Spinster is how, in its charmingly digressive style, the book sets forth a clear vision not just for single women, but for all women: to disregard the reigning views of how women should live, to know their own hearts and to carve out a little space for their dreams.” —New York Times Book Review
“Spinster is a triumph, a provocative and moving exploration of what it means for a woman to chart her own course.” —Malcolm Gladwell, author of David and Goliath