Red Clocks

Red Clocks

A Novel

Book - 2018
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In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom. Ro, a single high-school teacher, is trying to have a baby on her own, while also writing a biography of Eivør, a little-known 19th-century female polar explorer. Susan is a frustrated mother of two, trapped in a crumbling marriage. Mattie is the adopted daughter of doting parents and one of Ro's best students, who finds herself pregnant with nowhere to turn. And Gin is the gifted, forest-dwelling herbalist, or "mender," who brings all their fates together when she's arrested and put on trial in a frenzied modern-day witch hunt.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316434812
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 22 cm


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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.

Mar 08, 2018

I enjoyed the storylines of each of the women and how they intertwined. This book easily fits into what's happening in today's world.

DPLjennyp Mar 06, 2018

A dystopian novel set in a world we still recognize...sort of how our world could become the world of The Handmaid's Tale. And a super entertaining read set on the Oregon coast.

Feb 12, 2018

This took a little getting used to but by the end I was hooked. So insightful and slightly unsettling. Eager to see what else this author does.

OPL_ErinD Feb 05, 2018

The shifting and intertwined perspectives of the four main characters in "Red Clocks" made it hard to put this book down. Set in a world where women have been stripped of their reproductive rights and single-parents are denied the option of adoption, the lack of a view outside the perspectives of the four main characters is perhaps what makes the story so compelling. Although touted as a dystopian novel this read much more like an unnerving domestic drama such as "Little Fires Everywhere" than "The Handmaid's Tale."


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