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Author: Sarah McCraw Crow Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Harlequin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 6, 2020 ISBN: 9781488209987
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For fans of Meg Wolitzer’s THE WIFE and Chloe Benjamin’s THE IMMORTALISTS, THE WRONG KIND OF WOMAN is an engrossing multi-vocal story of grief, identity, and belonging, set on the campus of an elite all-men’s college in 1970, amid protests against the Vietnam war, calls for co-education, and the rise of the feminist movement.

It’s late 1970 when Oliver Desmarais drops dead in his front yard. Oliver was a history professor at Clarendon, an elite men’s college with just four women on the faculty, and though his widow Virginia initially carried Oliver’s prejudices against these outspoken, never-married women—dubbed The Gang of Four—she begins to depend on them in the wake of his death, and soon she finds herself joining their work to bring the women’s movement—and coeducation—to Clarendon.

Meanwhile, Virginia’s daughter Rebecca is adrift in a world without her dad and no longer recognizes the woman her mother is becoming. On campus, junior Sam Waxman, also reeling from the death of his favorite professor, allows a crush on a female-guest-student-turned-activist to draw him into her radical orbit. Paths converge one fraught night at a Clarendon frat party, where Sam’s entanglement in a badly planned anti-war action threatens Virginia’s newfound identity—and puts much more at stake for Rebecca.

Told through alternating perspectives The Wrong Kind of Woman is a thoughtful, engrossing story of grief and renewal, of shedding old identities and finding new ways to belong, beautifully woven against the backdrop of the rapid changes of the early Seventies.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Wrong Kind of Woman is the right kind of book. A beautifully written exploration of loss, the novel captures its characters at the cusp of personal and social change. Sarah McCraw Crow deftly navigates the campus and national politics of the ‘70s in a way that remains timely and pressing today. A powerful, thought-provoking debut.”

    Amy Meyerson, author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays

  • The Wrong Kind of Woman is the story we need now: one which examines systemic sexism through not only a historical filter but via rich and authentic characters.”

    T. Greenwood, author of Keeping Lucy

  • “The Wrong Kind of Woman explores the strength women found to stop papering over the glaring flaws in the world and live with eyes wide open with grace and honesty.”

    Randy Susan Meyers, author of Waisted

  • “With equal parts shrewdness, wisdom, and warmth, The Wrong Kind of Woman brings a canny eye to a forever lively moment in U.S. history…Graceful, solid, and beautifully rendered.”

    Abby Frucht, author of Maids

  • “A glorious debut filled with characters grasping to find a place to belong in a world on the edge of change.”

    Carol Rifka Brunt, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Sarah McCraw Crow’s writing is layered with so much insight and compassion.”

    Carol Rifka Brunt, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Family, marriage, love, and grief set against the backdrop of an all-male college during the Vietnam War, Kent State, and the first heady rise of the women’s movement. Absolutely fabulous.”

    Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author

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About the Author

Sarah McCraw Crow is an author whose fiction has been published in Good Housekeeping, Calyx, and many other magazines. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Stanford University and is finishing an MFA degree at Vermont College of Fine Arts.