One City. One Movement. A World of Stories.
Stories from Suffragette City is a collection of short stories that all take place on a single day: October 23, 1915. It’s the day when tens of thousands of women marched up Fifth Avenue, demanding the right to vote in New York City. Thirteen of today's bestselling authors have taken this moment as inspiration to raise the voices of history and breathe fresh life into their struggles and triumphs.
The characters depicted here, some well-known, others unfamiliar, each inspire and reinvigorate the power of democracy. We follow a young woman who is swept up in the protests when all she expected was to come sell her apples in the city. We see Alva Vanderbilt as her white-gloved sensibility is transformed over the course of the single fateful day. Ida B. Wells battles for racial justice in the women's suffrage movement so that every woman's voice can be heard. Each story stands on its own, but together Stories From Suffragette City becomes a symphony, painting a portrait of a country looking for a fight and ever restless for progress and equality.
With an introduction by Kristin Hannah and stories from:
Katherine J. Chen
Christina Baker Kline
and Fiona Davis
This engrossing collection, pegged to the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, brings together 12 prominent fiction writers, including Chris Bojalian, Paula McLane, and Christina Baker Kline, all of whom contribute stories set on Oct. 12, 1915, when suffragettes marched on Fifth Avenue. In an introduction, Kristen Hannah argues that women's push for the right to vote remains timely: "The ability to vote, and to access the polls, are fights we still face." Many of the stories feature historical figures such as Alice Paul and Ida B. Wells, both of whom appear in Jamie Ford's "Boundless, We Ride" and Dolen Perkins-Valdez's standout, "American Womanhood," each of which dramatize the bitter political compromises that would marginalize Black women from the movement's ranks. Another highlight is Alyson Richman's "A Woman in Movement," about a young artist who gets her comeuppance after her advertising agency boss signs her drawings with his own name. Davis's "The Last Mile" best drives home the collection's overarching message: "Perhaps all these women, no matter which branch of the organization they supported, were part of a giant wave, one set to topple the status quo." As a whole, the anthology gives assured voice and intriguing dimension to the actors of a pivotal era.