Books by Marilyn French

Acclaimed author Marilyn French has written numerous feminist novels and volumes of short stories dealing intimately with the battle between the sexes; the best known of these is The Women's Room (1977). She has also written a number of non-fiction works,


IN THE NAME OF FRIENDSHIP by Marilyn French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2006

"French's sixth novel (My Summer with George, 1996, etc.) is filled with pointed insights about womanhood, but not many fully realized women."
Four women parcel out ready-made feminist wisdom to one another, often over tea, in a bucolic New England setting. Read full book review >
A SEASON IN HELL by Marilyn French
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A rousing condemnation of medical ignorance and sexism, revealed in the story of a woman's struggle to live."
A graceful, uncompromising account of French's diagnosis of, treatment for, and survival of esophageal cancer. Read full book review >
MY SUMMER WITH GEORGE by Marilyn French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 1996

"A modest pleasure. (First printing of 50,000)"
The story of a sixtysomething woman's wished-for summer love affair—an affair that never quite comes to pass but does let author French (Our Father, 1994, etc.) enter a rich Alice Adamslike world of middle-aged social and romantic relationships, with verve. Read full book review >
OUR FATHER by Marilyn French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 1994

"A musty, messy fairy tale with plenty of passion but no style."
More quasi-feminist Sturm und Drang from a certified mistress of the genre (Her Mother's Daughter, 1987, etc.), this featuring four grown half-sisters reunited to care for the elderly father who cheerfully abused but failed to love them. Read full book review >
THE WAR AGAINST WOMEN by Marilyn French
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"A feminist call to arms—headstrong and provocative."
French takes on global sexism from the fall of the ancient goddess-worshiping societies to routine modern-day oppression of women in every nation of the world—quite a large bite to chew, and not always thoroughly masticated. ``Humans are the only species in which one sex consistently preys upon the other,'' French proclaims in this determined attempt to sound an alarm to women around the world. ``Men's need to dominate women may be based in their own sense of marginality or emptiness; we do not know its root, and men are making no effort to discover it. Read full book review >