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Fearless: Women's Journeys To Self-Empowernment
Fearless: Women's Journeys To Self-Empowernment

Our Price: $19.99
Pages: 228
Trim: 6 x 9
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781093715590

Edited by Cat Pleska

We are witnessing the re-dedication of women all over the world to equality. The fearless women in this collection tell us through essays, poems, and stories of the pivotal moments in their lives when they reveal their wisdom to endure challenges and to fight for survival. We stand as witnesses when they discover self-empowerment. Their powerful stories of quiet strength or ground shaking realizations changed them and may well change you.

“Too often, people who speak out against injustice are accused of not having positive visions to put forward – only complaints to air. Fearless shows this view to be both wrong-headed and wrong-hearted. This book is filled with ways in which the contributors proactively overcame the bad hands they were dealt by family, society, and fate. The writers here are women with more courage, less fear, and a greater willingness to speak out. This is resistance in its most fruitful and fulsome blossoming.”
—Sue William Silverman, author Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir

Fearless: Women’s Journeys to Self-Empowerment explores the diverse experiences of women coming into their own with heart, humor, and nuance. These are personal stories, not polemic, and each evinces its own special kind of grace. The women in these pages write their way from silence into powerful voices, lighting a path for women to come. Their journeys are by turn harrowing and lovely, but each eventually finds and claims her own power.”
— Sarah Einstein, author Mot: a Memoir

“The women in Fearless: Women’s Journeys to Self-Empowerment use their strong voices to explore, encourage, inspire, and speak truth to what it is to be a woman, in all her beauty and complexity. While reading, you might want to cry, to scream, or to stand up and applaud. One thing is for sure: no one will finish Fearless without feeling deep respect for these writers, and encouraged to begin their own journey to self-empowerment.”
— Natalie Sypolt, author The Sound of Holding Your Breath


Fearless: Women’s Journeys to Self-Empowerment
By Victoria Endres, Yeager Scholar, Marshall University graduate

In Fearless: Women’s Journeys to Self-Empowerment, Editor Cat Pleska has captured the spirit of the women of Appalachia and of women across the nation. Each poem, essay, and story adds a unique perspective, creating a well-rounded display of womanhood which culminates in Diana Hume George’s elegy to her former partner. The anthology evokes powerful emotion, sparking that drive within the reader to combat the adversity and self-doubt that holds them back. Pleska seems to say, “We have overcome, you can too.”
In every anthology, there is conversation, between the pieces themselves and between each piece and the reader. Pleska has chosen to layer this conversation by bringing in commenters for each piece. This conversation is had because of more than just proximity; these commenters share their own experience of reading these pieces. Fearless itself exists as a community of women, women lifting each other up, sharing stories, connecting.
Each piece in Fearless has its own rhythm and tone, allowing the reader to experience a variety of emotion. The reader experiences the mythic, the supernatural, art, motherhood, love, abuse, and above all other things we are given a sense of empowerment. No matter how dark a piece is, each writer ends with a meditation on overcoming, on seeing beyond the current struggle, and about embracing one’s own power. Fearless never revels in adversity or darkness and is at its core heavily rooted in the light.