By Kate Chopin
In 1899 The Awakening scandalized Victorian-era audiences with its sensual lyricism and nuanced exploration of marital infidelity. Kate Chopin's classic feminist novel tells the story of Edna Pontellier, a Louisiana woman trapped in a stale marriage, and her experience pursuing a love beyond the confines of her home. Sparked by a newfound passion for the arts and a chance encounter with a charming young man, Edna undergoes a fascinating transformation into an exuberant and uninhibited woman.
Lauded for its beautiful prose and prescient treatment of subjects overlooked by most books of its time, The Awakening is an elegant and insightful portrayal of one repressed woman's discovery of passion.