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Small Changes Paperback – June 23, 1997

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"Marge Piercy is a raw, tough, willfull, magnificent novelist."
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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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Small Changes is the explosive novel of women struggling to make their places in a man's world. Set against the early days of the feminist movement, it tells of two women and the choices they must face.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (June 23, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449000931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449000939
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I was a young child when this book came out originally, but I can honestly say I might be a very different person now if I hadn't found it in the used-bookstore when I was seventeen. I have to say, it holds up fine on Kindle, and now that I'm in my thirties, and reread it, I found myself much more forgiving of characters and choices I'd previously disparaged. Thought-provoking and inspiring.
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I have not reread Small Changes yet this time but have read it at least 5 times in the past, probably more. It is an excellent piece of fiction from a top notch author. I think Small Changes may be Peircy's best novel or certainly one of the best. It deals with the stigma and indignities of the mental health system, racism, ecology, relationships and more. It takes place in the future but is not science fictiony. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good novel.
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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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