Tackling T.I.N.A. is excited to announce that The Longings of Women by Marge Piercy is officially our summer reading selection. You can obtain a copy of Longings for as little as $3.00 (including shipping) on Bookfinder.

Those who wish to join us for our summer reading will experience both the joy and the heartbreak of reading a Marge Piercy novel. Piercy is an award-winning poet, novelist, and social activist who is often celebrated (and studied) for her powerful feminist themes. The Longings of Women is no exception, with three female characters at the heart of the action. As the description on her website reads:

Marge Piercy gives us her most involving, heartbreaking, and ultimately life-affirming novel yet. Through her three unforgettable female characters – women whom we recognize in ourselves, our friends, and our chance acquaintances – Piercy reveals a deep, often secret, part of a woman’s life: the need for a place in the world that cannot be lost to the vagaries of relationships, work, or the economy.

Piercy also explores economic concerns in this narrative. Aligned with this year’s theme of housing, homelessness, and economic justice, The Longings of Women dramatizes the deeply gendered system that structure late 20th-century capitalist labor. Moreover, The Longings of Women is one of very few novels (and the only one that I can name) that tells the story of the working homeless — a population often rendered invisible and “other” by modern narratives of poverty and homelessness.

The text is quite lengthy, so if you wish to join us for a discussion in early August, do order the text soon and get reading. I look forward to it! For those bummed that your top choice wasn’t selected for this summer, fret not!, I will be reviewing the top five voted texts and hopefully sharing chapters and excerpts from these titles throughout Fall semester.

Join us for an End-of-Summer Discussion

  • What: The Longings of Women book discussion
  • When: Tuesday, August 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Linderman Library, Room 300, Lehigh University
  • As always: The event is free and open to the public

If you have any questions about the reading or discussion, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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