The Awakening By Kate Chopin
"Chopin writes about a woman's, Edna Pontellier's, struggle against the limitations of her culture. I read it when I was 19 and it woke me up to my own journey, breaking through the limitations of growing up as a girl in the '50s, coming of age in the '60s in the South, prefeminist America. I had to find my own truth, my own voice and not one that was the voice imposed upon me. Reading this book, I became aware."