Lois Duncan (Steinmetz Arquette) Jan M. Goodman - Essay

Jan M. Goodman

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Daughters of Eve is a suspenseful novel that invalidates legitimate problems by presenting misdirected solutions. The author raises such feminist issues as wife-beating, inequality on the job, unfairness in high school athletics and the sexist dimension of male/female relationships, but the violence of her solutions implies that it may be dangerous to even recognize the issues.

Daughters of Eve is an elite high school group; its ten members are dedicated to sisterhood and sworn to secrecy. The book chronicles the lives of the young women and their new advisor. Irene Stark. (p. 17)

Irene encourages the club members to assert themselves and fight their oppression. At first, the...

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