We Are Now Beginning Our Descent

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We Are Now Beginning Our Descent

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Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

ISBN: 1443400033

Genre: Fiction

Page: 304

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Book Summary: Adam Kellas’s world—his life—is not just crumbling, but cracking. An aspiring novelist, Kellas was in the midst of writing a thriller about terrorists and destruction in September 2001 when real life overtook his fictional plot. The terrible events of 9/11 left him scarred, disconnected from the people around him and the meaningless passivity of words. Now headed to the battlefields of Afghanistan as a war correspondent, he drives himself toward action, seeking “some violent blow, inarticulate noise or mad mime-show of truth.” In a country that is itself descending into chaos, however, Kellas is not the only broken soul. Astrid, an American journalist who is also struggling to keep her world from splitting apart, is another. As Kellas’s plane touches down in Kabul, the last thing on his mind is a relationship—and the last thing he hopes for is redemption. Like his highly acclaimed The People’s Act of Love, James Meek’s We Are Now Beginning Our Descent is a novel that demands to be read and contemplated, its bold cinematic story and complex characters rooted in Meek’s own experience as an award-winning journalist. Moving from the mountains of Northern Afghanistan to London and the waterlands of east Virginia, We Are Now Beginning Our Descent is a tautly paced story of flawed individuals searching for perfect love, set against the incendiary politics and shifting ethics of our time.


Contemporary Literature and the End of the Novel

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Contemporary Literature and the End of the Novel

Author: P. Vermeulen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137414537

Genre: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Book Summary: This book explores the paradoxical productivity of the idea of the end of the novel in contemporary fiction. It shows how this idea allows some of our most significant twenty-first century writers to re-imagine the ethics and politics of literature and to figure intractable forms of life and affect.


The Heart Broke In

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The Heart Broke In

Author: James Meek

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 144341378X

Genre: Fiction

Page: 416

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Book Summary: A scientist obsessed with evolution but unable to have children, a malaria researcher trying to choose between freedom and love, and a washed-up TV svengali whose life goes into free fall—The Heart Broke In follows these characters through a riveting exploration of what conscience means in the 21st century, and how we attempt to make our lives count for something. It is a glorious drama, as well as an old-fashioned tale of modern times. When Bec Shepherd rejects marriage to a powerful newspaper editor in favour of starting a family with fellow scientist Alex, her sense of right and wrong is put to the test. Bec’s brother Ritchie has built a hugely successful career in entertainment, but allegations about his private life are threatening to destroy his marriage, his career and his mind. Does Bec and Alex’s relationship stand a chance? Will Ritchie’s indiscretion catch up with him?


We Begin Our Ascent

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We Begin Our Ascent

Author: Joe Mungo Reed

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501169211

Genre: Fiction

Page: 256

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Book Summary: “Exceptional...fast and smart, funny and sad, this is an outstanding sports novel, and Joe Mungo Reed is an author to watch” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). Sol and Liz are a couple on the cusp. He’s a professional cyclist in the Tour de France, a workhorse, but not yet a star. She’s a geneticist on the brink of a major discovery, either that or a loss of funding. They’ve just welcomed their first child into the world, and their bright future lies just before them—if only they can reach out and grab it. But as Liz’s research slows, as Sol starts doping, their dreams grow murkier and the risks graver. Over the whirlwind course of the Tour, they enter the orbit of an extraordinary cast of conmen and aspirants, and the young family is brought ineluctably into the depths of an illegal drug smuggling operation. As Liz and Sol flounder to discern right from wrong, up from down, they are forced to decide: What is it we’re striving for? And what is it worth? “Joe Mungo Reed’s unforgettable debut novel introduces us to a powerful new literary voice—as riveting as Don DeLillo’s or Toni Morrison’s” (Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club). We Begin Our Ascent dances nimbly between tragic and comic, exploring the cost of ambition and the question of what gives our lives meaning. Reed melds the powerful themes of great marital dramas like Revolutionary Road with the humor, character, and heart of a George Saunders collection. Throughout, we’re drawn inside the cycling world and treated to the brilliant literary sports-writing of modern classics like The Art of Fielding or End Zone.


People's Act Of Love

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People's Act Of Love

Author: James Meek

Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

ISBN: 1443400041

Genre: Fiction

Page: 400

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Book Summary: Praised in over a dozen countries around the world, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, named a Globe and Mail Book of the Year and distinguished as a national bestseller, The People’s Act of Love has been compared to the works of such Russian masters as Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. In a Siberian town caught between a zealous cult and bullying soldiers, a stranger named Samarin arrives. Claiming to be an escapee from an isolated prison camp, pursued in his flight by a bloodthirsty cannibal, he unleashes a storm of suspicion and terror. The People’s Act of Love is an epic drama of desire and sacrifice, full of hot blood and magnetic characters, played out against one of the most remote landscapes on earth.


Happily Ever After

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Happily Ever After

Author: Jen Melland,Kelsey Kilgore,Sharon McAnear

Publisher: BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC

ISBN: 1424599105

Genre: Fiction

Page: 448

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The Journalist in British Fiction and Film

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The Journalist in British Fiction and Film

Author: Sarah Lonsdale

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474220568

Genre: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Book Summary: Why did Edwardian novelists portray journalists as swashbuckling, truth-seeking super-heroes whereas post-WW2 depictions present the journalist as alienated outsider? Why are contemporary fictional journalists often deranged, murderous or intensely vulnerable? As newspaper journalism faces the double crisis of a lack of trust post-Leveson, and a lack of influence in the fragmented internet age, how do cultural producers view journalists and their role in society today? In The Journalist in British Fiction and Film Sarah Lonsdale traces the ways in which journalists and newspapers have been depicted in fiction, theatre and film from the dawn of the mass popular press to the present day. The book asks first how journalists were represented in various distinct periods of the 20th century and then attempts to explain why these representations vary so widely. This is a history of the British press, told not by historians and sociologists, but by writers and directors as well as journalists themselves. In uncovering dozens of forgotten fictions, Sarah Lonsdale explores the bare-knuckled literary combat conducted by writers contesting the disputed boundaries between literature and journalism. Within these texts and films there is perhaps also a clue as to how the best aspects of 'Fourth estate' journalism can survive in the digital age. Authors covered in the volume include: Martin Amis, Graham Greene, George Orwell, Pat Barker, Evelyn Waugh, Elizabeth Bowen, Arnold Wesker and Rudyard Kipling. Television and films covered include House of Cards (US and UK versions), Spotlight, Defence of the Realm, Secret State and State of Play.


The Guardsmen of Rammsihaar

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The Guardsmen of Rammsihaar

Author: J. Cameron Millar

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1426996608

Genre: Fiction

Page: 380

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Book Summary: May 2008: The potential military application of a new intelligence-enhancing drug is explored in this tale of an experiment run out of control, rising political tension between the Eastern and Western worlds, and a seeming solution to the global energy crisis. An adventure set truly out of this world leads to a frantic search amongst ancient ruins in order to save the peoples of Earth from the forces of tyranny and ultimate annihilation Captain Dawn DeFaller, RN, DSO, is to head a NATO convoy protection exercise in the North Atlantic Ocean involving British warships, and also a number of merchant ships from several countries. During the exercise, code named Ankara, the efficacy of an experimental intelligence-enhancing drug is to be tested on a volunteer, Commander Garry Hunt of the British destroyer HMS Diamond. Additionally, she is to assess the capabilities of a non-live version of a new type of joint British-American smart torpedo with independent operational ability. Ankara proves initially to be a great success but just prior to its climax one of the merchant ships, a large oil tanker, is crippled, seemingly accidentally. In the meantime Diamond goes missing. Dawn and her officers and colleagues must attempt to locate Diamond before Garry Hunt, her now-rogue commanding officer succeeds in destabilizing East-West relations to the point of threatening to trigger a third world war. But the intellectually enhanced Hunt proves elusive and soon sets his sights on higher goals which involve initially revealing a solution to the global energy crisis but ultimately lie beyond the constraints of planet Earth. Dawn finds herself duty-bound to proceed on a mission unlike any that she has ever undertaken before. A mission even more daring than her previous foray into the revolutionary period of 18th century north America. The place and time where she met her husband, Captain Matthew Revere of the American Continental Navy, as part of the experiment that evolved from the highly classified van der Meer Dossier.


Fearless Footsteps

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Fearless Footsteps

Author: Nathan James Thomas,Jennifer Roberts

Publisher: Exisle Publishing

ISBN: 177559467X

Genre: Travel

Page: 240

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Book Summary: Travelling the world is an exhilarating, eye-opening, life-affirming experience. But it can also be scary to even think about. There are language barriers, borders to cross, planes to fly in, and of course, the mystery of an unknown land. It can be difficult to take the chance, even when you’re yearning for adventure. This inspirational collection of true travel stories proves that the best journeys are to be had when you feel the fear but go anyway. From a nervous flier anxiously taking to the skies for the first time to a female traveller braving the Middle East, from a death-defying hike on an Indonesian volcano to the anxious freedom of finding yourself alone on the other side of the world, these stories are certain to send you looking for your passport. Created by the popular travel writing website, Intrepid Times, as part of an international writing competition that saw entries pouring in from across the globe, Fearless Footsteps is travel writing at both its most exhilarating and its most introspective. Covering every continent from Africa to Antarctica, these carefully selected stories get to the heart of what it means to be a traveller and see the world with courage, open-mindedness, and relentless curiosity.


An Island in the Sun

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An Island in the Sun

Author: Cassandra Barnes

Publisher: Cassandra Barnes

ISBN:

Genre: Fiction

Page: 300

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Book Summary: Asia Reynolds, a documentary film maker looks for love in the middle of chaos. She lives in heaven, a picturesque town on the Mississippi river, sparkling countryside, soaring hawks and eagles and more action than she could wish for. Her forensic research skills are in demand to uncover the perpetrators of an international political tangle involving an assassination - and another, more local problem involving a murderous gay love triangle. Then, she meets Jasmine - a young hippie artisan and her known world flips around.


My Descent Into Death

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My Descent Into Death

Author: Howard Storm

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 9780385515214

Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 160

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Book Summary: Not since Betty Eadie’s Embraced by the Light has a personal account of a Near-Death Experience (NDE) been so utterly different from most others—or nearly as compelling. "This is a book you devour from cover to cover, and pass on to others. This is a book you will quote in your daily conversation. Storm was meant to write it and we were meant to read it." —from the foreword by Anne Rice In the thirty years since Raymond Moody’s Life After Life appeared, a familiar pattern of NDEs has emerged: suddenly floating over one’s own body, usually in a hospital setting, then a sudden hurtling through a tunnel of light toward a presence of love. Not so in Howard Storm’s case. Storm, an avowed atheist, was awaiting emergency surgery when he realized that he was at death’s door. Storm found himself out of his own body, looking down on the hospital room scene below. Next, rather than going “toward the light,” he found himself being torturously dragged to excruciating realms of darkness and death, where he was physically assaulted by monstrous beings of evil. His description of his pure terror and torture is unnerving in its utter originality and convincing detail. Finally, drawn away from death and transported to the realm of heaven, Storm met angelic beings as well as the God of Creation. In this fascinating account, Storm tells of his “life review,” his conversation with God, even answers to age-old questions such as why the Holocaust was allowed to take place. Storm was sent back to his body with a new knowledge of the purpose of life here on earth. This book is his message of hope.


Fighting Blind

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Fighting Blind

Author: Shane Horsburgh,Jason K. Foster

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1742695590

Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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Book Summary: Heroism is found in many forms and sometimes in the most unlikely places Australian Shane Horsburgh spent years immersed in the chaotic, adrenaline-fuelled world of high-risk policing and counterterrorism - but when the thrill wore off, he quit his job and flew into Baghdad to work for the US Department of Defense, training commandos for the post-Saddam Iraqi police force. Life in Iraq is surreal, violent and unpredictable - and the enemy is almost impossible to pick. Shane must endure intense physical and mental stress brought on by rogue insurgents, mortar attacks, roadside bombs and fifty-degree heat, doing his best to survive while staying focused on the job. Then he meets an elderly Iraqi man, known as the Professor, in a brief encounter that changes his life . . . 'aeThis is a great read for all blokes, and women too who want to understand us guys a little more . . . Fighting Blind is a must-read.' Glenn McGrath.


Where Dreams Descend

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Where Dreams Descend

Author: Janella Angeles

Publisher: Wednesday Books

ISBN: 1250204364

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 432

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Book Summary: "Vibrant imagery, jaw-dropping set pieces, sizzling romantic tension, and unstoppable heroine Kallia bring this ambitious debut novel to spectacular life. Fans of Caraval and The Night Circus will be delighted!" - Claire Legrand, New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes. As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next. The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed. "[A] spellbinding melody of a book, and the true magic is how Angeles puts all the best parts of an enrapturing theatrical performance onto paper and ink. From the gripping twists in the first pages all the way to the final, heartbreaking crescendo, Where Dreams Descend will surge you to your feet in a standing ovation.” – Sara Raasch, New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes trilogy


River of Time

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River of Time

Author: Naomi Judd

Publisher: Center Street

ISBN: 1455595756

Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Book Summary: Naomi Judd's life as a country music superstar has been nonstop success. But offstage, she has battled incredible adversity. Struggling through a childhood of harsh family secrets, the death of a young sibling, and absent emotional support, Naomi found herself reluctantly married and an expectant mother at age seventeen. Four years later, she was a single mom of two, who survived being beaten and raped, and was abandoned without any financial support and nowhere to turn in Hollywood, CA. Naomi has always been a survivor: She put herself through nursing school to support her young daughters, then took a courageous chance by moving to Nashville to pursue their fantastic dream of careers in country music. Her leap of faith paid off, and Naomi and her daughter Wynonna became The Judds, soon ranking with country music's biggest stars, selling more than 20 million records and winning six Grammys. At the height of the singing duo's popularity, Naomi was given three years to live after being diagnosed with the previously incurable Hepatitis C. Miraculously, she overcame that too and was pronounced completely cured five years later. But Naomi was still to face her most desperate fight yet. After finishing a tour with Wynonna in 2011, she began a three-year battle with Severe Treatment Resistant Depression and anxiety. She suffered through frustrating and dangerous roller-coaster effects with antidepressants and other drugs, often terrifying therapies and, at her absolute lowest points, thoughts of suicide. But Naomi persevered once again. RIVER OF TIME is her poignant message of hope to anyone whose life has been scarred by trauma.


When We Were Orphans

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When We Were Orphans

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 030736769X

Genre: Fiction

Page: 320

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Book Summary: From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day comes this stunning work of soaring imagination. Born in early-twentieth-century Shanghai, Banks was orphaned at the age of nine after the separate disappearances of his parents. Now, more than twenty years later, he is a celebrated figure in London society; yet the investigative expertise that has garnered him fame has done little to illuminate the circumstances of his parents' alleged kidnappings. Banks travels to the seething, labyrinthine city of his memory in hopes of solving the mystery of his own, painful past, only to find that war is ravaging Shanghai beyond recognition-and that his own recollections are proving as difficult to trust as the people around him. Masterful, suspenseful and psychologically acute, When We Were Orphans offers a profound meditation on the shifting quality of memory, and the possibility of avenging one’s past.


Stamped from the Beginning

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Stamped from the Beginning

Author: Ibram X. Kendi

Publisher: Bold Type Books

ISBN: 1568584644

Genre: History

Page: 592

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Book Summary: The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society. Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America -- it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. He uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to drive this history: Puritan minister Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and legendary activist Angela Davis. As Kendi shows, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. They were created to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation's racial inequities. In shedding light on this history, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose racist thinking. In the process, he gives us reason to hope.


As We Are Now

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As We Are Now

Author: May Sarton

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497646316

Genre: Fiction

Page: 128

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Book Summary: Bestselling author “May Sarton has never been better than she is in this beautiful, harrowing novel about being old, unwanted, yet refusing to give up” (The Boston Globe). After seventy-six-year-old Caro Spencer suffers a heart attack, her family sends her to a private retirement home to wait out the rest of her days. Her memory growing fuzzy, Caro decides to keep a journal to document the daily goings-on—her feelings of confinement and boredom; her distrust of the home’s owner, Harriet Hatfield, and her daughter, Rose; her pity for the more incapacitated residents; her resentment of her brother, John, for leaving her alone. The journal entries describe not only her frustrations, but also small moments of beauty—found in a welcome visit from her minister, or in watching a bird in the garden. But as she writes, Caro grows increasingly sensitive to the casual atrocities of retirement-home life. Even as she acknowledges her mind is beginning to fail, she is determined to fight back against the injustices foisted upon the home’s occupants. This ebook features an extended biography of May Sarton.


Lineage of the Saints

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Lineage of the Saints

Author: Brian Daniel Starr

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465317775

Genre: Religion

Page: 293

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Book Summary: Lineage of Major saints Explained, Showing actual lines with all ancestors listed. Some Lines contain many Saints. Lines from Noah to Sarai, Lines from Biblical Figures. Lines begin with Levi, Judah, Zerah, Joseph, Terah, Abraham, Noah, Pharoabs, Macedonians. Complete Line from Joseph the Israelite to Charlemagne Some of the included saints: Saint Louis IX. Saint Joseph of Arimathea, Saint Mary Magdalene, Saint Dewi, Saint Delen of the Cross, saint Fernando III Saint Alfred the Great, saint Patrick, Saint Dominic, saint Constantine, Blessed Charlemagne OVER 60 LINES OF SAINTS Also Found in the Book The lines of the Nine Worthiest Warriors Charts of Saints, Rachel and Leah's Children. Offer for Research Gedcom


Lord of the Flies

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Lord of the Flies

Author: William Golding

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571290582

Genre: Fiction

Page: 256

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Book Summary: A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast. As the boys' delicate sense of order fades, so their childish dreams are transformed into something more primitive, and their behaviour starts to take on a murderous, savage significance. First published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is one of the most celebrated and widely read of modern classics. Now fully revised and updated, this educational edition includes chapter summaries, comprehension questions, discussion points, classroom activities, a biographical profile of Golding, historical context relevant to the novel and an essay on Lord of the Flies by William Golding entitled 'Fable'. Aimed at Key Stage 3 and 4 students, it also includes a section on literary theory for advanced or A-level students. The educational edition encourages original and independent thinking while guiding the student through the text - ideal for use in the classroom and at home.


The Awakening

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The Awakening

Author: Kate Chopin

Publisher: Xist Publishing

ISBN: 1681959399

Genre: Fiction

Page: 42

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Book Summary: The Awakening by Kate Chopin from Coterie Classics All Coterie Classics have been formatted for ereaders and devices and include a bonus link to the free audio book. “She was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.” ― Kate Chopin, The Awakening The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a masterpiece of early feminist fiction telling the story of a woman who finally decides to decide her own fate.