Pages for Her by Sylvia Brownrigg: a reflection upon motherhood and womanhood

Summary:

Pages for Her is the story of two women, Flannery and Anne, each at a personal turning point, and the circumstances that lead to their reunion. Twenty years after their brief but passionate affair, chronicled in Sylvia Brownrigg’s earlier novel Pages for You, Flannery has the chance once again to meet Anne, who opened young Flannery up to the possibility of love—then left her heartbroken. Pages for Her is an exhilarating, passionate work that explores marriage, sexuality, and the transformative power of love over time.

Taken from the publisher’s website: www.counterpointpress.com

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Why should you read this book?

What first drawn me into Pages for Her by Sylvia Brownrigg was the beautiful cover which has a sixties vibe. After reading the book summary, I knew I had to read the novel. Pages for Her was considered 1 of 100 Best Books of 2017 by the San Francisco Chronicle and One of 2017’s Best Fiction Books by the Kirkus Reviews.

Pages For You is the first novel of this series but I haven’t read that one, therefore I believe Pages for Her can be considered a standalone book. This novel tells the story of Flannery and Anne, both with activities in writing and academia. Twenty years after their brief yet intense affair, they meet again for a conference. However, many years have passed, and with those years, many things changed. Flannery is now married to an artist named Charles and has a child; Anne has been through a difficult break up with her lifelong lover because of a reason that affects the lives of several women.

I enjoyed this book. It certainly explores interesting issues like bisexuality, marriage and motherhood. Marry or not to marry? Breed or not to breed? Those are some of the relevant questions posed by this novel. However, I also think Pages for Her has some weaknesses. The chapters were just too short (3/4 pages each). I could never fully connect to those characters and to the plot. There was always that disruption.

This novel is divided into three parts. While the first part tells the story of Flannery, the second focuses on Anne’s life. Each chapter that composes the last part is told alternately by these two characters and is a depiction of their reunion. In my point of view, Part Three wasn’t as good as the previous parts of the book. In spite of this, I think this is an interesting book that explores the main issues that affect a woman’s life.

I’d like to thank Counterpoint Press for the free copy. You can buy it here.

Book Details (my edition):

Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Published on: July 2017
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Price: $26.00

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