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  The Women's Room (1977) by Marilyn French  
Marilyn French
The Women's Room is set in 1950s America and follows the fortunes of Mira, a conventional and submissive young woman who ends up in a traditional marriage. When it ends in divorce, Mira seeks a new life at Harvard as a graduate student.
Here she meets a diverse group of people far removed from her own experience. But things start to go wrong when Mira encounters the same problems with male-female power politics as she did in her marriage.

Literature & Culture of America in 1950s
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