The Awakening written by literature & fiction author Kate Chopin in 1899 is a women's fiction novel that is set in New Orleans on the Louisiana Gulf coast. The Awakening is a literature & fiction classic which many also classify as historical fiction. The story centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle between her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn of the century in American South. The Awakening is one of the first American novels that focuses on women's issues and is widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism. Kate Chopin was an American author of short stories and novels. She is considered by many to be the forerunner of the feminist authors of the 20th century. Whether categorized as women's fiction, historical fiction, or genre fiction, The Awakening by Kate Chopin is cemented in history as a literature & fiction classic.