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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (November 12, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449210839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449210833
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,731,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Marge Piercy is a raw, tough, willfull, magnificent novelist."
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
Set against the early days of the modern feminist movement, SMALL CHANGES tells the story of sensual Miriam Berg, who trades her doctorate for marriage and security, but still hungers for a life of her ow,n and shy, frightened Beth who is running from the life Miriam seeks and into a new world of different ideas and a different kind of love.....

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It is an excellent piece of fiction from a top notch author.
Marcia B. Cohen
I always wanted to write a novel about women in this time, but after I read this book, I stopped thinking about it.
tzefirah
I read this 35 years ago and I've read every book by Marge Piercy since.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Hallberg on December 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
The publication date of the book doesn't point out that the copyright date is 1973. It wasn't just set in the early 70's- it *was* that time. The time of communes, early gay rights, women's rights- we have so much to thank those people for. For not accepting rape as "just one of those things men do". For being able to love who we wanted, for saying what we mean. Marge Piercy explores some of the issues that "Vida" explored in greater detail; being on the run, set ups for the charge of conspiracy, supporting people who believe as you in spite of never having met them before. *sigh* what an idealistic time. And they needed that idealism to change all that needed changing. By the time I was a college student, we didn't call them communes, they were co-ops. Gardening was just gardening and women were no longer asked personal questions in job interviews anymore- ok, not often. I really appreciate the thoughts and work that went before us. The cat is, btw, a character throughout the book, as cats ought to be in a Marge Piercy novel. And remember, if a character doesn't like cats, you won't like that character, or you shouldn't. :-)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I reread this after 20 years and am amazed that I still find its insights about men and women and the changes that happened in the 70s fresh and thought-provoking. Back then, I loved the book but thought it was a bit male-bashing. Now, I don't think the male characters are stereotypes at all but real representations of what intense, intelligent men are like. Similarly, the female characters remind me of how far women have come. I wish Marge Piercy would write a 90s novel about such fascinating women and their ongoing struggles to have it all. The quality of the writing and character delineations are just fabulous although the plotline may seem slow to some.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By tzefirah on December 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I always wanted to write a novel about women in this time, but after I read this book, I stopped thinking about it. Marge Piercy said exactly what I had wanted to say. It's all about the freedom, yet confinment, of the sexual revolution, the questions asked at that time about the real similarities and differences between men and women, i.e., nature versus nurture, etc. Marge P. is a wonderful writer, and I enjoy all her material immensely. The small stories about all people contained in this novel become dear to one's heart.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By blogging from Iowa on September 24, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved Miriam Berg and even though the book left me up in the air I felt like she's going to be just fine. All the issues of feminism in the 70's came back to me. I was there. We made it through. I've been a fan of Piercy's poetry for years, especially "The Moon is Always Female." This is the first of her novel's I've read. Looking forward to more. Several friends loved "Woman on the Edge of Time", so I'll try it next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Howard Schulman on August 26, 2013
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Some of the writing in "Small Changes" is pedestrian and didactic--true. But if you want to know what the beginning of the women's movement actually felt like, this is the book to read.
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By women on September 16, 2013
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I read this 35 years ago and I've read every book by Marge Piercy since. I wanted to revisit this book and found it on amazon. I had forgotten the details of the story and only remembered that the book inspired me. I was not disappointed as I reread it. The book's main characters are women and explores their struggles, challenges and choices as young women embracing equality within the patriarchal society of the 1970's. It is still relevant, unfortunately.
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