A Pair of Silk Stockings, by Kate Chopin, is a collection of five short stories. This small, distinctively bound book is number 66 in the Penguin Little Black Classics collection. 80 classic titles have been published to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Penguin Books and retail for 80p each in the UK. I could buy three for the cost of a cup of coffee.
My purchase of this book was unplanned. I picked it up from the display box sitting alongside a bookshop till, adding it to my acquisitions in much the same way as I may treat myself to a chocolate bar whilst at a supermarket checkout. Unlike a chocolate bar this pleasure will last.
Having read and enjoyed The Awakening I was interested in reading other works by this author. These short stories offer the same thought provoking challenge and depth as her novel but in bite size chunks. Her approach to the chosen subjects proved controversial at the time of writing and is, unfortunately, still relevant today.
Her themes include racism, privilege, freedom, prejudice and a women’s expected role in society. Her characters are presented fully rounded and all too believable, their varied lives personalities and emotions bared.
At less than 60 pages long this is a quick read but be warned, the quality of writing and questions engendered will linger.