5 Little Clothbound Classic Women: Stories To Read In One Sitting

Underrated gems, bound in beauty: Penguin’s Little Clothbound Classics feature some of the most resounding women’s voices within its exquisite edition. From Sylvia Townsend Warner’s enchanting “Lolly Willowes” to Shirley Jackson’s chilling “The Lottery,” these bite-sized classics make for fearfully quick pleasurable reading. Adorned with delicate embossing and ribbon markers, these clothbound beauties are a joy to hold and a testament to the enduring power of these extraordinary women writers.

Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner

In “Lolly Willowes,” Sylvia Townsend Warner weaves a whimsical tale of liberation. Laura, a spinster smothered by family duties, transforms into the independent Lolly. Warner’s witty prose chronicles Lolly’s escape to the countryside, where she dabbles in witchcraft and embraces a life that defies societal expectations. Prepare for a delightful blend of satire and fantasy as Lolly forges her path.

Passing by Nella Larsen

Step into 1920s Harlem in Nella Larsen’s “Passing.” Childhood friends, Irene and Clare, reunite, their lives taking vastly different paths. Irene embraces her Black identity, while Clare chooses to “pass” as white. The narrative, rich in psychological tension, explores themes of race, desire, and the masks we wear. Don’t miss this captivating exploration of identity and the complexities of racial passing.

Babette’s Feast by Karen Blixen

In a secluded Norwegian village, two pious sisters lead a simple life alongside a mysterious French refugee, Babette. Blixen’s enchanting prose unfolds a tale of quiet faith, unexpected fortune, and a lavish feast that becomes a turning point for the community. Prepare to be swept away by this heartwarming story, rich in atmosphere and subtle human drama.

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” unfolds in a seemingly idyllic village. A calm summer day takes a sinister turn as the townspeople gather for their annual tradition. Jackson’s chilling narrative, laced with unsettling details, builds suspense as a seemingly ordinary lottery takes a terrifying turn, leaving you questioning the darkness that can fester beneath tradition’s veneer.

Ice by Anna Kavan

A nameless narrator traverses a chilling, ice-entombed world, haunted by visions and fixated on a fragile, elusive girl. Anna Kavan’s “Ice” blends dream and reality, blurring the lines between a desperate search and a descent into madness. Prepare for a fragmented narrative, mirroring the fractured landscape, as you journey through this haunting masterpiece of apocalyptic science fiction.

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