A novel for teenage daughters

My students viscerally relate to the protagonist’s integrity, savvy, generosity, and even hatred.

As a high school teacher, I find new novels to teach by reading The New York Times obituaries. That’s how I discovered Fumiko Enchi’s The Waiting Years (1957), which has, in my opinion, one of the most complex female characters in literature. The tale resonates especially with female students, who viscerally relate…