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The Visioning

Susan Glaspell

Book Overview: 

The Visioning, Susan Glaspell's second novel, tells about Katie Jones, a young woman who lives in the comfortable world she knows with a charming circle of friends. Her brother is an army officer, and her uncle lives in Washington. The world she knows is the world they let her see. Until Anne comes into the picture. Katie saves Anne from killing herself. Katie invents a story about Anne, a story which suits Katie's world, but what would she do, and feel, when she discovers the truth? The story focuses around Katie's eye opening experiences and her search for place and meaning in the new world she slowly discovers. Glaspell's usual charm and witty observation, this book is a wonderful read. It could also be of interest to fans of Virginia Woolf's "Night And Day.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Madonna of the Chair was wearing a smartly tailored brown rajah suit.


Peacefully and pleasantly one day slipped after another. Some thirty of them had joined their unnumbered fellows and to-morrow bade fair to pass serenely as yesterday. "This, dear Queen," Katie confided to the dog stretched at her feet, "is what in vulgar parlance is known as 'nothing doing,' and in poetic language is termed the 'simple life.'"

Thirty days of "nothing doing"—and yet there had been more "doing" in those days than in all the thousands of their predecessors gaily crowded to the brim. Those crowded days seemed days of a long sleep; these quiet ones, days of waking.

Ann was out on the links that afternoon with Captain Prescott. From her place on the porch Katie had a glimpse of them at that moment. Ann's white dress with its big knot of red ribbon was a vivid and a pleasing spot. The olive of the Captain's . . . Read More

Community Reviews

The first half was very good and then the second half - well I was pretty shocked by the behavior of one of the main characters. It just didn’t seem to jibe with her previous personality . It felt like the author had Katie suddenly act that way to prove a point in the story and I understand that. Bu

This is a novel that questions (set in a time admitted - with larger class differences than today - but it's still relevant!) , why we accept (by hiding behind prejudices and ideas that "they" are different from "me"/ "us") that large groups in our societies, live in poverty, with very few prospects

The Visioning was Susan Glaspell’s second novel, first published in 1911 it appears that it is now mainly available as an ebook, although I believe there are print on demand services that carry it too. It is a novel about the images we create of others and the dreams we allow to carry us along. It i