HerStory: Fiction Honoring Women’s History Month Edited by Tara Chevrestt
Pagan Writers Press (2013) ISBN 9781938397509
Reviewed by Savannah Mae for Say What? Savannah Mae October 2013
“HerStory” is for sure an amazing collaboration! Readers interested in historical literature and events will be enthralled when reading these fictional accounts of some of the most fascinating women.
One of the stories that stood out for me the most would be “The Speech of Hortensia” by Marie Antonia Parsons. Set in a time where women were not heard, Hortensia sets out with a large crowd of women on foot to do exactly that-be heard. These 1,400 women stand before Roman leaders demanding to remain exempt from being taxed. As they feel that their men; sons, brothers, husbands etc have been stolen from them for war. Women were never taxed before and the great leaders of Rome never required women to be taxed.
Strong women, like Hortensia and many others portrayed in this book, remind me to stand up for what I believe and what is right. Women hold the force behind such power that sometimes we don’t even realize that we have and the profound effect that we can have on each other.
Author Mirella Patzer also writes a story about a mother who demands to regain the respect of her son. Matilda spends her days helping the poor and aiding women from all walks of life that are in need. Preparing baths and feeding the hungry. Her generous spirit is quickly taken aback by Otto, who feels since the demise of his father, that his mother has been spending way too much of her inheritance and is out of control. Matila makes the long journey to remind her son that she is his mother and she deserves respect.
How many times have you or someone you know forgotten that, even in old age, our parents deserve respect? This story, for me, was a humbling reminder that even though I become the queen of my castle, I should never disrespect my mother and at all costs, allow her to live the life she wants to live. It also reminded me that in today’s world, our modern minds like to think that locking away our parents are going to change anything. Live and let live no matter your power and what control you may think you have. Taking away anyone’s independence can have its consequences.
Tara Chevrestt makes her own fictional story of how she can imagine that the life of Lolita Lebron and how it would or could have played out. As mentioned in this story, some of the historical events are true. Lolita was a rebel. A woman who demanded to be heard. “I will leave this world still fighting for independence, for women, my people, my island, myself.” This is a legacy worth carrying on! Even after being imprisoned, Lolita never backed down from her beliefs, no matter how much pain or suffering it could cause her.
If you are into historical events and don’t mind a fictional account, you will be interested in reading the creations of these authors. These authors also happen to be strong women. “HerStory” is a bright example of what women truly are capable of. In real life and in fiction. As women, we should hold our heads high and never fall for any hype. Stand for what you believe in and nurture each other. Excellent read!