The Awakening

Kate Chopin

"I can see why Edna doesn't want to live a conventional boring life, but I think she could sometimes have been a bit less selfish.”--Christina, 12
Date Published :
May 2014
Publisher :
Real Reads
Contributor(s) :
Stephen Davis, JoAnne Drake
Series :
American Classics
Illustration :
Full color throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781906230784
Pages : 64
Dimensions : 7.75 X 5.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock


What price will Edna Pontellier pay to be free? She seems to have everything she needs – her loving husband Léonce, two beautiful children, and a wonderful home in turn-of-the-century New Orleans. But deep inside her burns a creative fire that longs to be unleashed. One summer changes everything. When Edna meets Robert, she starts to question all that she was taught to believe. Is her comfortable marriage nothing more than a cage? Will she ever be able to explore her creativity and passion to the full? Is it possible for a woman to be responsible for the needs of others and still to live her own life to the full?

Real Reads are accessible texts designed to support the literacy development of primary and lower secondary age children while introducing them to the riches of our international literary heritage. Each book is a retelling of a work of great literature from one of the world’s greatest cultures, fitted into a 64-page book, making classic stories, dramas and histories available to intelligent young readers as a bridge to the full texts, to language students wanting access to other cultures, and to adult readers who are unlikely ever to read the original versions.

About The Author

Stephen Davis, longtime Atlantan, has been a Civil Warrior since the fourth grade. He served as Book Review Editor for Blue & Gray magazine for more than twenty years, and is the author of more than a hundred articles on the Civil War in both scholarly and popular journals. His book Atlanta Will Fall: Sherman, Joe Johnston and the Yankee Heavy Battalions, was published in 2001. He is also the author of What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta (2012).

JOANNE DRAKE lives in Salem, Oregon, in a house full of books and cats. For several years she ran Tigress Books, Salem’s independent bookstore. With a particular interest in the radical and feminist strand in American literature, she is the ideal reteller of Kate Chopin’s consciousness-raising classic The Awakening.

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