an open door by anne leigh parrish | Book Review

The lowercase representation of the title and author’s name is intentional. There’s a story there too.

But anne leigh parrish’s novel, an open door, is immediately riveting. Set in the post WWII era, we meet Edith who has taken a job as a typist in New York City as she tries to establish distance from Walter. The omniscient narrator gives a thorough view into Edith’s life, the glamor and the frustrations of it, how she came to be working in a typist pool after serving as a mapmaker during the war, the compromises she makes for her relationship with her aunt and Walter, and also insight into what she is keeping from the other characters in the novel.

Edith is my kind of character too – a reader, that is. I enjoy the author’s deliberate mention of her visiting the library to collect her holds (something I do often) and the titles she is reading, as well as the reaction that other characters have to her reading. as the novel progresses, we become more and more invested in Edith’s pursuing her ambitions, even to the detriment of her relationships. With vivid descriptions of the late 1940s, Parrish centers the story in what for women, was a dark era of repressive submission to the whims of the men in their lives, be it husbands or fathers who refused to support women becoming independent. Edith’s decisions are not always the ones we hope she will make but… ah… you’ll have to read an open door yourself to see whether her eventual choices resonated with you.

Note: I received a complimentary copy of an open door to participate in a publicity tour organized by TLC Book Tours. I was not otherwise compensated and the above reflects my honest opinion about the book.

Book Synopsis:

It’s 1948 and young Edith Sloan runs away from her dull, hard-working husband, Walter, a law student at Harvard, after he tells her to put her academic dreams on hold. His rising career requires a “certain kind of wife,” one in the kitchen preparing dinner and drinks for important guests. In New York, Edith works at the recently established United Nations and vows not to return to Boston until Walter’s pleas get the better of her. Back home, she wonders how she can find fulfillment as a second-class citizen. The answer presents itself when a beloved local bookstore goes up for sale. Can she swing it, and succeed as a business owner? Will Walter permit it? Trapped by marriage and her husband’s ambition, Edith struggles to find her footing and the means to her own survival.

Book Details:

  • Title: an open door
  • Author: anne leigh parrish
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 268
  • Publisher: Unsolicited Press
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2022

One Comment Add yours

  1. Sara Strand says:

    This actually sounds fascinating, I really want to read this one! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours


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