Mary Gordon's Bookshelf
By Virginia Woolf
This novel demonstrates that the ordinary life of a woman can be rich in meaning. It takes place in just one day, the day of a party, and yet we learn as much about the pleasures and sorrows of life as we do from books that deal with great men's progress across the world's great stages. We share Clarissa Dalloway's joys—in beautiful weather, in flowers, in gloves and shoes, in the familiar objects of her home—and we see them as precious and vital.