There's something amazing about that, isn't there? Reading a 75-year-old book for a feminist book club.
Our book club was pretty impressed with this story. We were excited to find a crime novel written in 1935 whose main detective, victims, and suspects were all women. Sayers used this novel to earnestly explore the role of women in British society. Her characters debate often over whether one has to choose between being an intellectual and being married, between having children and devoting oneself to the books. She paints thoughtful portrayals of women who have lost themselves in their marriages, in addition to creating characters like Phoebe Tucker, a college friend of Harriet's whose marriage has been successful due to her ability to maintain and share her hobbies with her husband. Throughout the book, Harriet struggles with her own identity as a single woman. She looks to old friends and teachers to determine whether she might be able to maintain her autonomy and career as a writer if she were to get married. While she repeatedly turns down Peter's proposals of marriage, she struggles with her feelings for him and with her desire to be truly recognized as his equal.
Our Ultimate Gaudy Night Field Trip is right out there on the horizon—so close, so close!—so stay tuned...