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Ursula Parrott in The New Yorker

Updated: May 8, 2023

Jessica Winter wrote a thoughtful and thorough article about Ursula Parrott in The New Yorker, with discussions of "Becoming the Ex-Wife" and of the McNally reprint of Ex-Wife. You can read it in full here, but here's a little excerpt: "As Marsha Gordon argues in her engaging new biography, “Becoming the Ex-Wife: The Unconventional Life and Forgotten Writings of Ursula Parrott” (University of California Press), the novel “offers a strong case for the protections of marriage and the dangers of being an unattached woman.” In Parrott’s view, women’s drive for equality in the post-Victorian age had “made their lives harder,” Gordon writes, “and her stories dramatized the consequences of this unwanted bequest.”

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