This book pays tribute to the diversity and vitality of American women writers through more than a century, and to the courage and resilience of young women through a compelling range of life experiences. Selected from the work of two dozen distinguished writers published by The Feminist Press, these stories explore the resonant theme of coming of age as a woman. How do girls and young women discover -- or create -- a sense of who they are and who they may become? How do they recognise what their lives have taught them and envision what their lives may someday be? How do they come to terms with what it means to be a woman in the world -- and imagine how they may change the world as women? The book offers an engaging, multicultural collection of fiction and memoir written between the 1870s and the 1990s.
"This collection is a wonderful mosaic that will inspire girls and women alike by its universal celebration of the female spirit--across culture, class, race. These writers inspire us to remember our early selves, our ancestors, and our individual heritages." --Isabel Stewart, National Executive Director, Girls, Incorporated "If all the girls in this book were miraculously gathered in one room, what energy there would be, what sassiness, what thoughtfulness, what engagement with the world around them--for, while not all the girls in this wonderful book realize their dreams, every single one obeys the exhortation of Zora Neale Hurston's mama to 'jump at de sun.' An inspiring read for girls and women, boys and men of all ages and circumstances." --Nancy Hoffman, Professor of Education, Brown University "Whether fiction or memoir, each of these twenty-two fascinating stories of childhood, youth, and young womanhood offers an insightful glimpse into a small, distinctive corner of the world. And then, with the magic of art, together they enlarge into revelation." --Alix Kates Shulman, author of Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen and A Good Enough Daughter