Often in books and movies, dramatic settings like Hollywood or Washington, D.C., function the backdrop for testimonies of sociopolitical changes. However, in The Wrong Kind of Woman, first-author Sarah McCraw Crow rather zeros in on a sleepy college metropolis in New Hampshire. It’s 1970, and upheaval within the world, which include the occasions at Kent State University, feels a ways away. But the feminist and antiwar actions are determinedly creeping in.
The Wrong Kind of Woman functions an ensemble of characters, however the number one cognizance is on Virginia Desmarais, whose husband, a professor, has died. Virginia positioned her academic career on pause to elevate their daughter, and without a husband or her own Ph.D., she doesn’t know in which she stands with the directors on the all-male Clarendon College campus. Worse, she doesn’t understand where she stands with herself.
Fans of the FX on Hulu miniseries “Mrs. America” will discover the same feminist themes addressed in The Wrong Kind of Woman. Crow has tapped into a much less flashy individual of 2nd wave feminism: the reluctant however curious wife and mother. The book, however, isn’t preachy, and the few strongly opinionated characters aren’t portrayed as always likable.
The Wrong Kind of Woman explores the sublimation of self inside a marriage, sexism inside the place of work and the pros and cons of activism as opposed to revolution. These are heady topics, however this gradual burn of a singular proves a perfect location to offer them serious thought.