A NovelBook - 2018
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.
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 22 cm.
From Library Staff
"In this work, billed as The Handmaid's Tale for the new millennium, women in an Oregon fishing town struggle with issues of freedom and identity in a grave new world where abortion and in vitro fertilization are banned."