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
0316434817
9780316434782
0316434787
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 22 cm

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"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."


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chazzerguy
Nov 29, 2018

An interesting story with lots of terrific, thoughtful points to be made. But ultimately this novel is derailed by needless wordsmithing in pursuit of some sort of grandiose air. Pompous writing styles designed showcase skill with the English language always seem to end up being more about the author and less about the story. Sadly this is the case here.

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NedSu
Nov 28, 2018

I, as an older male, was astonished by the frank talk of vaginas, as well as the many alternate names of them. Do women really think like that? Having said that, I did enjoy the novel, especially as pertains the timely political world of restricted reproductive rights. I cared about the main characters and was immersed in their world and their thoughts. Males are not the villains of this tale necessarily- they are just foils for the women and their thoughts. This is a world I could never have imagined- until I read it. To me that is the crux of a good read.

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gvoolich
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.

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marymarigny
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.

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KatG1983
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.

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njwillso
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.

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mimipater
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.

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lukasevansherman
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.

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peachmcd
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.

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