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20th century woman authors
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat tale about family roles and what children need from adults
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2015
What if a husband likes to keep house and is good at it? What if a wife wants to have a job? In the early part of the 20th century, switching roles was an unthinkable solution, but the author uses the frame of a serious accident to set up the situation in this book. "The Home-Maker" is a great commentary on gender roles and Fisher is a keen observer of human nature, so the characters are wonderful. However, the real reason to read this book is something additional. It contains some of the very best writing I have ever seen on the unfolding of a child's character and the responsibility of a parent. The scenes with the children are charming and appealing, but they are also intensely insightful. Fisher had strong views on the need for children to grow up strong and independent, and she found few obligations more serious that than of parents who must carefully accord respect to their children, while nurturing their children's nature to the fullest. She makes her serious point in the framework of an irresistible tale of a loving father and mother who just happen to be miscast in their family roles. Don't miss this one if you want a great book about what children need from adults. And don't miss Steven and the egg-beater.
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2016
This book was so ahead of it's time. It highlights the demands made on both men and women as a consequence of separate spheres and gender role assignment. It is a realistic fiction that shows the evolution of a family who are forced to throw those social constructions out and it's fantastic. The entire book is written from the perspective of the individual characters and constantly switches. It is so heartbreakingly relatable - you fall in love with the characters and don't want to set it down.
This book was written when I would not have believed people even were allowed to have these ideas of the role reversal between wife and husband. I thought the book started a little slow and the entire family had my sympathy. I think the slow start was needed to set the stage for the rest of the novel. Well written and I would recommend.
This story, written almost 100 years ago, reads as though it were written today. A tale of repressed ambition finally finding a voice and the discovery of abilities previously unknown, this story will captivate you. You will read it in one sitting.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe first novel about a house-husband?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2019
I can add little to what's already been said, save that I find this a very satisfying story in both incident and insight. Many modern parents would be well-advised to read the observations on parental attitudes to children. I wish I'd had a father like Lester. Beautifully written too - I shall re-read it many times.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 27, 2018
Despite its serious and some contemporary themes, a somehow soothing read, taking one into a lost era, both in the prose style and descriptions. This book shows the importance and impact of parents taking time to care for and understand their children, and also the conflicts created by shoehorning individuals into roles according to gender. A thought provoking, philosophical and well drawn story of a family and each of its members trying, with difficulty to find their place in the inflexible society in which they lived. As with most Persephone books, an excellent introduction, well worth reading.