Saturday, April 7, 2012

Leftovers: Revisiting Women’s Rights. A rendering based on a new novel by Arthur Wooten

Leftovers: Reason for Revisiting Women’s Rights
A rendering based on a new novel by Arthur Wooten

Lately, GOP candidates and their supporters have placed the women’s rights issue center stage, spilled an unflattering light on it and declared war. As stunning and impossible as it may seem to some individuals, the 2012 GOP candidates’ desire to win votes is overwhelming, so much that they are ready to take this country—its women, at least—on a forced journey back in time, to a destination mirroring that of dictatorial regimes that lack the most basic women reproductive rights and women rights, in general. 

For those willing to take a trip back in time without getting stuck there and maybe revisit the delicate topic of women's rights, there’s an easier, funnier, more inspiring, enlightening, entertaining, moving, eye opening and, yes, thought provoking way...  I’m talking, of course, about the fictional journey offered by Arthur Wooten in his latest novel, Leftovers.

Vivian Lawson Hayes, the Leftovers protagonist, captures a personification of the evolution of women's rights while covering a wide spectrum—from women as their men’s shadows to women as independent individuals capable of blending their successful professions with their family lives. With Vivian’s story, Wooten re/introduces us [introduces some of the readers while reintroduces others] to the black-and-white world of the fifties, while using his signature storytelling talent to add color—contemporary colors that is—through which to expose this world’s many possibilities.

And one more thing… if you question the title, you are not alone. Just start reading and you’ll find the answers.

As always, thanks for visiting!
Alina Oswald
Author of Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of AIDS

NOTE/Confession: I confess, I thoroughly enjoy Arthur Wooten's novels.  As a result, I started reading Leftovers first because I'm a fan of Wooten's books, of his writing in general; second, because I do love leftovers (the food). So, you see, I kinda started reading Leftovers, the Novel, without knowing exactly what I was getting myself into... well, I was in for a trip. And the more I was reading the adventures of Vivian Lawson Hayes, the more I was forgetting everything around me (yes, that's what happens when you read Wooten's books). In the process it came to me that Leftovers can very well be not only a timely subject, but also a timeless one. Let me explain... As much as I hope that, sometime in the (hopefully) near future we'll reach peace and allow women to have their rights as any other free individual, a novel like Leftovers offers that timeless aspect to the topic, a reminder of where and how we used to stand and the brave and bold journeys we've had to take, as women, to reach our full potential as successful, passionate professionals, lovers, mothers and, most importantly, free individuals able to decide on own personal lives. In that aspect, Leftovers' Vivian Lawson Hayes is the model to follow. And that's only because of yet another delightful read by Arthur Wooten, an author of many talents. Thank you!