The Awakening is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century, the plot centers around Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism.
Meet author Rebecca Van Der Jagt, author and 2008 graduate of Warwick Valley High School. Her book Sold Everywhere But Borders details the liquidation of one Borders store located in Ramsey, New Jersey. The story is told through the creative efforts of over ten employees and compiled by the unlikely narrator, Becca, who had only been working there for a little over a month before they heard the news.