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Furies: Stories of the wicked, wild and untamed - feminist tales from 15 bestselling, award-winning authors

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Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty works, including fiction, poetry and critical essays, and her books have been published in over thirty-five countries. Termagant” by Emma Donahue (4/5) is also set in the first half of the twentieth century and based on real characters. Reclaiming terms of abuse so as to self-empower, and using other terms – whether in a self-deprecating way or otherwise – to draw the sting from any spiteful attack: these are a productive way to go when being othered by an agressor, and so I thoroughly welcome such approaches to redress the current imbalance in the gender wars. it's a perfectly entertaining book - it held my interest and i wanted to see how it was all going to end, but it isn't really a "mystery" nor is it even "psychological suspense.

The sense of women's complexity spills over in these pages, as the stories explore women's power, emotion, rage, calculation, flaws, humanity, and divinity, coming together to form a picture of the many traits, struggles and experiences we share across eras, cultures and continents, and yet the reader comes away remembering that for all that we have in common, everyone's story is wonderfully unique. I didn't enjoy every story though and some stories had an uncomfortable understone but all in all: this is great. Her goal is to use drama therapy to help them “to find ways of talking about terrible emotions and difficulties, without focusing on their own lives all the time. The story is then woven around the aftermath of the killing; why is Alex apparently spying on someone and why is one of her pupils stalking her? Her novels are Room , The Sealed Letter , Landing , Life Mask , Slammerkin , Hood and Stir-fry ; short-story collections Astray , Three and a Half Deaths (UK ebook), Touchy Subjects , The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits , and Kissing the Witch ; and literary history including Inseparable , We Are Michael Field , and Passions Between Women as well as two anthologies that span the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.The tale's told primarily by Alex herself, recounting both what happened during the months she was teaching at the Unit and what's going on now, as she confronts hostile and friendly lawyers because of some initially unspecified disaster.

In their predilection for pushing the envelope, the forms of the stories reflect their protagonists as they break the rules, sometimes tentatively, sometimes with conviction, occasionally with encouragement and often spontaneously and powerfully. I was determined to read this book, published this year to celebrate Virago Press’s 50th anniversary, this year, and I have got it in as hopefully my penultimate read. Angels of Vengeance is a fantasy adventure full of violence, morbid humor, an unsuspecting detective, and three sister goddesses out for revenge. We start the book knowing that a tragedy has occurred but not the details nor the specific players – as things unfold using diary entries, real time action and past flashbacks, it is compelling stuff.

Although I'm aware in a general sort of way what the more famous of the Greek tragedies are about, I've never really given them much thought, far less actually read them. The book is Furies: Stories of the wicked, wild and untamed and it’s a worthy volume to mark 50 years of being in the vanguard of feminist publishing. Wondrously addictive, they also introduced me to some rather fine writing of authors whose names I have encountered but not read, and whose works I am now keen to explore. For this celebratory work, Virago have drawn on an impressive array of authors to explore the topic of damaging words.

I’m not quite sure what I found so appealing about Alex, who, this time, I experienced as a rather bland character. And in The Furies Parker finds himself fighting to protect two more women as the city of Portland shuts down in the face of a global pandemic, but it may be that his clients are more capable of taking care of themselves than anyone could have imagined . Excellent read that did truly get to the heart of me – and a heads up, if you are lucky enough to have a copy with the added bonus of a short essay from Ms Haynes as an afterword talking about why the Greek Tragedies are perfect in conjunction with todays teenagers then make sure you give that a read when you are done.Her husband, Hatushaly, the last of the legendary Firemanes, seeks to control his magic and even travel among the filaments of energies that power all existence: the furies.

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