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by Gail Godwin

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Gail Godwin
Knopf; [distributed by Random House]; 1st edition (1974)
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Only 8 left in stock (more on the way). She is a shrewd observer of human sensibilities and larly those of women-and she explores them in depth with sensitivity, wit and an uncanny eye for the truth.

I on the other hand, am now . for 3 on Gail Godwin. I liked The Good Husband, loved The Queen of the Underworld, and really did not like The Odd Woman. I found it difficult to finish, and only really liked one character, who showed up for about 15 pages near the end of the novel but had some interesting things to say about the nature of villainy. Beyond that, I don't think Godwin had matured to her best when she wrote this book, so I'll keep trying her work, but if you've never read her, this is NOT the one to start with.

Gail Godwin (born June 18, 1937) is an American novelist and short story writer. Godwin has written 14 novels, two short story collections, three non-fiction books, and ten libretti. Her primary literary accomplishments are her novels, which have included five best-sellers and three finalists for the National Book Award. Most of her books are realistic fiction novels that follow a character's psychological and intellectual development, often based on themes taken from Godwin's own life.

Ten-year-old Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, are isolated together in Helen's decaying family house while her father is doing secret war work in Oak Ridge during the final months of World War I. t three Helen lost her mother and the beloved grandmother who raised her has just died. In this, Gail Godwin's fourteenth novel, she evokes shades of The Turn of the Screw as she explores inequality of relationships between adults and children in a taut, subtle and moving tale of love, regret, and the things we can't undo.

Gail Godwin is a three-time National Book Award finalist and the bestselling author of twelve critically acclaimed novels, including Violet Clay, Father Melancholy's Daughter, Evensong, The Good Husband and Evenings at Five

Gail Godwin is a three-time National Book Award finalist and the bestselling author of twelve critically acclaimed novels, including Violet Clay, Father Melancholy's Daughter, Evensong, The Good Husband and Evenings at Five. She is also the author of The Making of a Writer, her journal in two volumes (ed.

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Used availability for Gail Godwin's The Odd Woman. June 1975 : UK Hardback.

THE ODD WOMAN, by Gail Godwin. The inner life of an independent woman shedding her 19thcentury ideals-a cerebral, reflective novel lit by ironic humor. THE SILVER DOVE, by Andrey Biely.

"Professor Jane Clifford is in her early thirties, smart, and attractive. A popular teacher at a midwestern college, she appears to be going somewhere. But Jane knows better. After a lifetime habit of looking to books for the answers to life's mysteries, she seems to be finding only more questions Then her beloved grandmother suddenly dies, and Jane returns home for the funeral, where she is faced with the little dramas and fictions of both the past she has lived and the past she has only been told about. In the midst of it all, she is considering breaking off a long-term, long-distance affair, but like the family stories she tries to make sense of, she cannot seem to find a reason to claim a life of her own.... "PROVOCATIVE...The Odd Woman is an ambitious and intricately developed novel....One of the most realistic, intelligent and skillful character studies of a contemporary woman to date....Godwin is an extraordinarily good writer....She is a shrewd observer of human sensibilities and shortcomings--particularly those of women--and she explores them in depth with sensitivity, wit and an uncanny eye for the truth!" This is an exceptional book and read.
  • At times I felt that this book reached into my head and read my thoughts. I think that any woman who has felt the pull between exploring your own path and doing what is expected of you will feel similarly.
    The main character, Jane, is a thirty something academic who, over the course of a trip home to grieve her grandmother and to New York to meet her married lover, thinks in many different directions about what it means to be a single woman and what it means to live a life that is lived primarily in your mind. Some of the people Jane interacts with along her journey allow her to examine the small, quiet, but independent life she has chosen in contrast to others. Jane's mother used to write romance novels and had aspirations of becoming a more meaningful writer, but put those away to raise a family and cater to a domineering husband. Jane's friend Gerda has lived an exterior life, constantly taking actions and chances, and when Jane meets up with her on her return trip is running a feminist newspaper out of her basement. In addition, Jane makes a side trip to meet a man who has been characterized as a villain by her family her whole life, but who turns out to be quite different from what Jane expected.
    This book was written in the 1970s and has some minor details which have not aged well, such as Jane's acute distaste for Gerda's swearing or the necessity of arranging long distance calls by calling an operator. However, the important parts, which are Jane's interior investigations, feel modern and interesting. One of my favorite devices the author uses is to have Jane often consider how the things she does will mutate as they move from her own experience to being a story told to others, filtered through those others' experiences. I often think about this and was interested to see it used in this book.

  • Written in 1974, this covers a couple of weeks in the life of Jane Clifford, an English professor, whose life is in turmoil. Her beloved grandmother has just died, so she is off to stay with her family and attend the funeral. And afterwards snatch a few days away with married lover Gabriel. Over the days we follow Jane's interactions with friends and relatives, her emotional state (fragile to say the least)...And Gabriel, who left me cold; when challenged by Jane over his not making a choice he comments 'I suppose if either of you ever demands it, I will have to. But it would be in some ways like deciding to give up apples for oranges, or the other way round.'

    Although this is well-written, it failed to grab me and I was glad to come to the end.

  • Gail Godwin has written some wonderful books; it was the experiences I've had with Ms. Godwin's books that kept me reading this one. I cared very little for the characters or for the story, but kept reading, looking for one of those gems of revalation that sometimes strike when reading Gail Godwin - even those were lacking. Books must be so well written that the words and sentences themselves keep you turning the page; if the words fail the characters and plot must take over. I could not make myself care what happened to Jane Clifford; a professor of literature who refers to George Eliot by the infrequently used Marian Evens (Mary Anne the name used in standard references and biographical notes). At first, I didn't even know who she was referring to, and in the end I found it to be an annoyance. Jane reminded me of one of those people who feel burdened by their intelligence and remove themselves from the world as we know and enjoy it because they are "just a cut above", yet she mourns her lack of close relationships and sticks, from pride rather than love, to a married man who treats her like the sometime mistress of a married man, and a friend who annoys her by looking for friendship.

  • Father Melancholy's Daughter, its sequel, Evensong, and A Mother and Two Daughters are, for me, vintage Godwin. They set the standard for penetrating characterization and unsettling glimpses into how people really work. I picked up The Odd Woman with high hopes and was not utterly disappointed. Flickers of the good things Godwin will accomplish in later novels are abundant in this rather dense exploration of a "spinster professor's" running inner dialogue. If this is your first go-around with Godwin, however, skip this for the infinitely richer Father Melancholy's Daughter or A Mother and Daughters.