Thank you to Cynren Press for gifting me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: feminism, womanhood, sex, relationships, abuse, grief.
Goodreads Rating: 3.5 Stars
As many of you know, I’ve been diving deeper into feminism and literature on the topic. In the current times, with the third wave of feminism upon us, there are women coming from all directions, ready to speak out. In Feminine Rising, editors Fekete and Lillibridge summoned personal stories, poems, and collective thoughts on what it means to be a woman.
As the editors note, Feminine Rising is broken into many sections to add structure to the collection. They include: Resistance & Roles; Body & Sex; Love & Leaving; Family & Heirlooms; Violence & Survival; Silence & Subversion; and Pregnancy & Birth. Each section contains a variation of short stories and poems that allude to or take on the topic mentioned, written by those who headed the call for women to share their own stories, in their own voices.
Overall, I enjoyed the collection. It was powerful, emotional, and a great display of the strength it takes to share what many keep private. These are women who want to support and engage with other women, and I admire their collected courage. I do however wish that it was broken into two collections- one of poetry, one of short stories- for more reader palatability. With 250+ pages, there is a lot of bouncing between the two, and it skews the pace of the collection, and makes it a little disjointed overall. However, the selection is impressive for solicited writers, which helped me continue pushing through the formatting issues.
In the end, I would recommend Feminine Rising to those wishing to diversify their reading with feminist and our own voices books, as well as those looking for a beautiful selection of poetry and short stories.
Published: April 30, 2019
Publisher: Cynren Press
TL/DR: Feminine Rising, edited by Andrea Fekete and Lara Lillibridge, is a collection of solicited short stories and poems about modern feminism and womanhood.
Read it? Yes.
Recommend it? Yes.
Buy it? I say yes, because the collection could take a little bit of time to go through, especially with the emotional heaviness of some sections.
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