The Women's Room

The Women’s Room

A Novel

Written by: Marilyn French
Foreword by:
Foreword by:
Preface by: Marilyn French

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143114505
  • 496 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


The twenty-one-million copy bestseller-available again for a new generation of readers Originally published in 1977, The Women’s Room was a novel that-for the first time-expressed the inner lives of women who left education and professional advancement behind to marry in the 1950s, only to find themselves adrift and unable to support themselves after divorce in the 1970s. Some became destitute, a few went insane. But many went back to school in the heyday of the Women’s Liberation movement, and were swept up in the promise of equality for both sexes. Marilyn French’s characters represent this wide cross section of American women, and her wry and pointed voice gives depth and emotional intensity to this timeless book that remains controversial and completely relevant.


“An experience not to be missed.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

” I kept forgetting it was fiction . . . [French’s] women pulse with life and individuality.”
-The New York Times

“The kind of book that changes lives.”
-Fay Weldon