review of Crewel by Gennifer Albin (spoiler, I loved it!)? You can also download the first chapter of Crewel to your ereader! Today I've invited Gennifer by to talk about why she used the term Spinters in Crewel and how that play on words shaped the novel.
Truth be told, I have a bit of background in the concept of spinsters and old maids. In graduate school, my advisor studied “spinster writers” of the eighteenth century. These women weren’t sad and lonely. They were just writers whose marital status got tangled up in the world’s perception of them. They were career women before the term existed.
So the idea of reclaiming Spinster was born. To hell with the negative connotations, I wanted women who were powerful and beautiful and deadly, and then I wanted to play with the gender dynamics of the situation. Spinsters in Arras aren’t allowed to marry. Their actions are carefully supervised and controlled by the all-male government. Their cooperation is rewarded with material objects, but many of them are unhappy.
I’d love to hear what you think about the term Spinster. Did you have a negative reaction when you heard Crewel was about Spinsters?
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