One of the earliest feminist works in American literature, The Awakening tells the story of Edna Pontellier. Unsatisfied with societal expectations and unhappy with her family life, she begins to fall in love with the dapper Robert Lebrun. Lebrun's flirtations, along with the lifestyle of renown musician Mademoiselle Reisz, rejuvenates Edna's sense of freedom and independence. However, an affair with the womanizer Alcee Arobin provides Edna with a taste of the danger that comes from living outside of social convention. Trapped between the life she is expected to live and the one she longs to lead, Edna struggles to find happiness. Also included are eight of Chopin's most celebrated short stories: A Pair of Silk Stockings, A Reflection, A Respectable Woman, Beyond the Bayou, Desiree's Baby, Ma'ame Pelagie, The Kiss and The Locket.
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Kate Chopin, born Katherine O'Flaherty (1850 - 1904), was an American writer of short stories and novels. Best known for her novel The Awakening and for her short-story collections Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie, she is considered to be one of the most important early American feminist writers. Her work depicts the struggles and lives of various ethnic groups in Louisiana with sensitivity and wit and features vivid descriptions of the natural environment there.
Susie Berneis is a versatile voiceover artist with numerous narration credits to her name. She has an ear for dialect and a love for the process of developing characters, which has been cultivated through her twenty-plus years of experience as a community and regional stage actress. Based in Ann Arbor (home of the University of Michigan, where she received her BA in English and theatre), she now takes great joy in playing all the characters she encounters in her narration.