Well, I guess it's a history of women if that history began in the late 19th century with the British suffragist movement. What it really is is a history of five generations of women in one family who are reacting to or bear the legacy of the 1914 hunger strike death of the suffragist. A daughter tries to escape that legacy by pursuing a science career in the United States, while a granddaughter finds herself dissatisfied with her long-standing marriage and her fruitless war protests. Two great-granddaughters deal with modern anxieties in ways that are not completely effective.
My rating: **** (out of 5)