Book Review: Eight Girls Taking Pictures

Inspired by the lives of real female photographers from the early 1900s through the seventies, each story in Eight Girls Taking Pictures explores the balance between life and art, the need for personal time and space to create something new. Not just physical space, but mental space, as well, which is difficult to do while juggling family life and artistic pursuits. During a time when being a wife and mother was all women were expected to aspire to, these characters show us how vital challenging work is to a life worth living. This is a moving collection of short stories that interweave just enough to complete a circle of influence between characters. As I reached the end of the book, I read more slowly. I didn't want it to end. The trail of stories ended in the 70s, but I wanted it to keep going through the 80s, 90s and today.

~ Betsy, PCPL Ravenous Readers