I had The Radical Elements come in from a library hold. It seemed like a perfect fit for this category since it was stories by women about young women. It was just as good as its predecessor, A Tyranny of Petticoats, if not better.
- Daughter of the Book – 4/5
- You’re a Stranger Here – 3/5
- The Magician – 5/5
- Lady Firebrand – 4/5
- Step Right Up – 5/5
- Glamour – 3/5
- Better for All the World – 5/5
- When Moonlight Isn’t Enough – 3.5/5
- The Belle of the Ball – 4/5
- Land of the Sweet, Home of the Brave – 5/5
- The Birth Of Susi Go-Go – 4/5
- Take Me with U – 5/5
Not all of these stories pass with flying colors but exclusive dialogue doesn’t mean the roles women play aren’t important. We never see Lana have a conversation with her mother or grandmother but their presence can’t be denied in the story. Ray passing in a man’s world is a crucial part of her narrative but limits the number of female characters present.
The test works well for a visual medium but you don’t need a direct conversation in a written work. All of these stories center on young women who need to stand strong in a world that doesn’t belong to them. These are stories about the importance of bravery, perseverance, and integrity.
The average for this collection is 4.2 which is pretty spot on since I’d give it a 4.5. I rounded up to 5 for my GoodReads.