The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a novel set in New Orleans and the Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century. The story centers around Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the South.
Scandalous In 1899 - Not Now
Difficult to believe this book was considered scandalous in 1899. The language is dated, though you can believe that everyone in high society then was repressed as needed awakening - not just Edna, the main protagonist.