Women in the Trees
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  • Paperback Edition
  • ISBN: 978-1-55861-487-1
  • Publication Date: 09-15-2004
  • Page Count: 336
  • Categories: Fiction, Violence
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SUSAN KOPPELMAN is a pioneering literary historian, acknowledged as the leading authority on the U.S. women's short story. Her ten anthologies include Between Mothers and Daughters, Women in the Trees, and The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe. She lives in Tucson, Arizona. Visit her website at:

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Women in the Trees

U.S. Women's Short Stories About Battering and Resistance, 1839-2000
Edited by Susan Koppelman

Foreword by Alix Kates Shulman. Introduction by Susan Koppelman. Afterword by Susan Koppelman.

Women in the Trees marshals the power of literature to confront domestic violence, an experience that is still too often neglected or condoned, surrounded by silence and shame. Drawing on well over a century of research into American women's short stories, Susan Koppelman uncovers a powerful literary legacy of women speaking truth to power to write about the brutal reality in the lives of women.

While it resonates with the force of shared experience, Women in the Trees cuts across lines of race, ethnicity, class, region, and time. The Women's Review of Books writes, "One of the strongest aspects of this anthology is that while the collection as a whole reveals the similarities in the patterns of abuse, the stories singly do not read the same. Koppelman has selected well. These are not in any sense sociological tracts to prove a point. Focused, as fiction should be, on individual lives, they reveal the variations in the patterns as they are lived out by individual women, who come from different backgrounds, inhabit different communities, and respond to their situations in distinctly personal ways."

Acclaimed on its first publication by critics, educators, and activists, this new edition of Women in the Trees includes several new selections, over thirty stories in all. Together, these stories form a unique and ultimately empowering collection notable for both its emotional impact and its literary wealth.

"Dear Feminist Press, I was introduced to Women in the Trees four years ago when I began teaching . . . more Women's Studies at a community college. I took every feminist course there was back in the 80s and how I wish I'd had this book then! I use it not only for women's studies, but am introducing it in a world lit class at a technical college no less! Talk about a tough crowd! But I'm looking forward to using the literature and my many years of experience as a feminist to perhaps, just perhaps, get through to some of the young women I meet who have no idea what is out there for them. My favorite stories are "Sweat" and "Women in the Trees." Having worked as a battered women's counselor in the 70s these stories are powerful and ring true. Thank you for this!"

—Grateful Reader

"This is a first-rate collection that illustrates how universal and enduring this violence is. . . . But these stories aren't just history; they are also most definitely literature."

Publishers Weekly

"This outstanding collection . . . can be of use both to those who have been battered and those who need to understand, who will find themselves in these stories and in the larger story which, together, they tell."

Women's Review of Books

"Koppelman brings together many of America's most serious writers to address one of America's most serious problems: domestic violence. This anthology may save your life or the life of someone you love."

—Cathy N. Davidson, co-editor of The Oxford Companion to Women's Literature in the United States

"These tales—at turns frustrating, heart-wrenching, gutsy, and inspired—are made all the more powerful by bringing them together."

Ms. magazine