Red Clocks

Red Clocks

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Five women--including a high school teacher, a pregnant teenager, and a forest-dwelling homeopath--struggle with changes in a near-future America where abortion and assisted fertility have been outlawed and where the homeopath is targeted by a modern-daywitch hunt.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316434812
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 29, 2018

Great book. I had a little trouble getting into it at first, but once I understood the characters and their parallel lives with intertwined pieces, I couldn't put it down. I thought the author did a beautiful job of developing the four/five women and telling the story. I would have liked to hear a bit more about the government that brought the law to pass. I also was disappointed by the ending? After all that lovely character development and resolving the main plot line I felt it was too abrupt.

Aug 24, 2018

Timely novel about a United States where women no longer have any reproductive rights and embryos have rights to life, liberty, and property.

Jul 16, 2018

Pregnancy and motherhood examined from four different perspectives, from four very different women in different stages of life experience. Red Clock is set against a (now too close for comfort) backdrop wherein abortion is illegal; as is IVF and adoption to single parent households. However the book does not focus on the politics so much as how these laws effect the lives of each woman. A chilling read that will leave you thinking about it for days - highly recommended.

Jul 16, 2018

Red clocks is about four women, who struggle with motherhood, the freedom of choice, and identity. Each characters story is unique yet their lives are all interwoven. Even though I could guess where the story was headed in some chapters, I didn’t mind because the story was so engaging. It’s very well written. I would recommend this as a nice light read.

Jun 28, 2018

Highly readable story of four women in a small Oregon town. Each grappling with their current or potential role as mothers. Set in the near future when reproductive freedom is over. Well written and recommended.

Jun 09, 2018

More and more, it's looking like Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale," originally published in 1985, is the most important sci-fi novel of the past 3 decades. While maybe not the first, it certainly the most influential and provocative of feminist dystopias, which is now in full flower. Perfectly attuned to the political moment, we've seen the television version of "Handmaid's Tale" and novels like "The Power," and, most recently, Leni Zumas's "Red Clocks." This imagines that abortion is illegal in America and embryos have rights under the Personhood Amendment and follows multiple female characters as they navigate the treacherous waters of an ultra conservative society. Zuma teaches writing at PSU.

May 09, 2018

Highly recommend this! Anyone who likes Octavia Butler and Margaret Atwood will be happy to add this new author to their list of 'read them all'. I particularly appreciated the well-drawn characters, each with a very different (and purposefully representative) perspective on their newly circumscribed circumstances. I suspect this book will become a book club mainstay.

I did wish that there had been some representation of the unique problems that would be faced by women of color in this scenario - choosing an Oregon seaside town gave the author an excuse not to bother, which struck me as lacking spunk evident in other parts of the book.

DBRL_ReginaF Apr 17, 2018

I have to admit that the constantly changing point of view had me baffled at first but I loved seeing the story lines develop and connect.

TSCPL_Miranda Apr 15, 2018

Lyrical, thoughtful, speculative, female-focused. A book to buy and put on my shelf, for frequent re-readings.

Mar 15, 2018

Has been called the modern day Handmaid's Tale set in the near future where abortion in once again illegal and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty and property to every embryo. Protagonists are five women, Ro the high school teacher trying to have in vitro fetilization as a single women who the law also won't let adopt who is writing the biography of Eivar a forgotten 19th century female polar explorer, Susan is the frustrated mother of two trapped in a bad marriage, Mattie is the high school adopted daughter of wonderful parents who accidentally becomes pregnant by a jackass, and Gin -the "mender"- herbalist who is arrested and put on trial for helping terminate a pregnancy. This novel reminds us that one woman's dream is another woman's nightmare and that our individuality and right to chose our own path is necessary for our freedom. All of these women resist the restrictions imposed by the patriarchy and remind us that resistance is crucial. This book would be a great book club pick.

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