Ella Price's Journal
Afterword by Barbara Horn
This novel unfolds as a series of entries in the journal of a suburban housewife attending college for the first time at the age of thirty-five. Ella’s growing consciousness begins to shake the foundations of her life, and she comes to the realization that she is irrevocably changed—and that to be true to herself, she must make painful choices.
First published in 1972, Ella Price's Journal is a deeply authentic literary rendering of a woman’s struggle to give voice to what Betty Friedan in The Feminine Mystique called “the problem that has no name,” and a novel that affirms the possibility of growth toward a richly intense and authentic life at any age.
"Ella Price is not a card-carrying feminist . . . and yet she embodies what the women's movement is all about—herself a woman with unfulfilled possibilities, who at one time was dead to herself and those around her. What has emerged from her trials is a set of authentic values that make sense to her because they are not simply matters of convention but reflect her needs and desires—principally, her impulse to grow."
"By the time [you read] the first five pages, Dorothy Bryant's novel about a woman who discovers herself has you in its grip. . . . As Ella grows, the pace of the novel quickens. You go along—not for any joy ride, but because the trip is worth it."
"The journal Ella keeps to fulfill an English class assignment is a minor masterpiece of eloquent innocence. . . . A poignant, credible, extremely appealing book."
"A fresh and engaging novel . . . [with] sharply observed nuances of personality and a leavening pitch of irony."