“One City. One Movement. A World of Stories.”

As a lover of historical fiction, I often find myself daydreaming about historical events I wish my favorite authors would cover in a new fascinating novel. Women’s suffrage is at the top of that list and I’ve been shocked that the historic event hasn’t been a more explored topic in historical fiction than it has been. So, it is an understatement that I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy of the new short story collection, Stories from Suffragette City! Thirteen best selling authors have come together to create a collection of short stories all take place on a single day: October 23, 1915. The date was the historic day tens of thousands of women marched up Fifth Avenue in New York City to demand the right to vote.

While I don’t usually enjoy short story collections, this book did not disappoint. Each character and story was empowering and I loved the representation and diversity of the characters’ ages, backgrounds, socioeconomic status, and race. I felt that it gave a wide ranging look at the US women’s suffrage movement and how far-reaching it truly was. The collection featured stories from influential women of the suffrage movement like Alva Vanderbilt to new characters you’ll admire. Katrina’s story was my favorite — and now I am dying for a full novel of her story! And Ida B. Wells chapter was so important to highlight while this fight was absolutely historic and a step forward, her chapter showed we still had more work to do.

Overall, I loved how all the stories were different but still they were all woven together in a really unique way on that historic day of October 23rd, 1915. I thought the subtle nod to the next generation of women with Grace being a recurring character was inspiring. This book featured some of my favorite authors, and it turned me on to authors I hadn’t read that I will definitely have my eye on now. The Stories from Suffragette City features an introduction by Kristin Hannah and stories from best selling authors including:

  • Lisa Wingate

  • M.J. Rose

  • Steve Berry

  • Paula McLain

  • Katherine J. Chen

  • Christina Baker Klin

  • Jamie Ford

  • Dolen Perkins-Valdez

  • Megan Chance

  • Alyson Richman

  • Chris Bohjalian

  • Fiona Davis

Historical fiction? Check.

Some of my favorite authors? Check.

Women’s Suffrage? Check.

Celebrate the centennial of women heading to the polls by reading this inspiring collection. The Stories of Suffragette City is available now wherever books are sold.

Get your copy of The Stories of Suffragette City here.

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Amanda O