“A smart and thoughtful” women’s fiction novel about a widow’s coming into her own during the social changes of the seventies is “engrossing reading” (Publishers Weekly).
In late 1970, Oliver Desmarais drops dead in his front yard while hanging Christmas lights. In the year that follows, his widow, Virginia, struggles to find her place on the campus of the elite New Hampshire men’s college where Oliver was a professor. While Virginia had always shared her husband’s prejudices against the four outspoken, never-married women on the faculty—dubbed the Gang of Four by their male counterparts—she now finds herself depending on them, even joining their work to bring the women’s movement to Clarendon College.
Soon, though, reports of violent protests across the country reach this sleepy New England town, stirring tensions between the fraternal establishment of Clarendon and those calling for change. As authorities attempt to tamp down “radical elements,” Virginia must decide whether she’s willing to put herself and her family at risk for a cause that had never felt like her own.
Told through alternating perspectives, The Wrong Kind of Woman is an absorbing story about finding the strength to forge new paths, beautifully woven against the rapid changes of the early ’70s.
“A glorious debut filled with characters grasping to find a place to belong in a world on the edge of change.” —Carol Rifka Brunt, New York Times–bestselling author Tell the Wolves I’m Home
“Powerful.” —Amy Meyerson, author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays
“The story we need now.” —T. Greenwood, author of Keeping Lucy
“Graceful, solid, and beautifully rendered.” —Abby Frucht, author of Maids