Red Clocks

Red Clocks

A Novel

Book - 2018
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A National Bestseller
A New York Times Editor's Choice
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
An Indie Next Pick
One of Wall Street Journal 's Twelve Books to Read This Winter
An Esquire most anticipated book of 2018
An Elle Best Book of Winter
A Popsugar most anticipated book of Fall
A Ploughshares most anticipated book of Fall
A Nylon Best Book of the Month
One of Publishers Weekly 's most anticipated titles of Fall 2017

Five women. One question. What is a woman for?

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 Eiv#65533;r , 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.

RED CLOCKS is at once a riveting drama, whose mysteries unfold with magnetic energy, and a shattering novel of ideas. In the vein of Margaret Atwood and Eileen Myles, Leni Zumas fearlessly explores the contours of female experience, evoking THE HANDMAID'S TALE for a new millennium. This is a story of resilience, transformation, and hope in tumultuous-even frightening-times.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780316434812
Characteristics: 356 pages ;,22 cm


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Feb 19, 2019

A good, entertaining read. I expected something much more ominous to happen given the book's political environment. This was more like reality for what it's like to be a woman living on the Oregon Coast. Not really like the Handmaid's Tale at all. I was disappointed when the development of the interesting Mender character stopped abruptly. And although this is fiction, an ICU at Umpqua General was just waaaaaay too unbelievable.

Jan 22, 2019

Zumas examines the unique circumstances of 4 women as it relates to reproductive rights with restrictive laws in the near future. The intertwining lives gives strength to women's voice and bodies (descriptive bodies, I might say). Who else could so masterfully put a "witch", unhappily married soccer mom, single woman desperately trying insemination, a young woman wanting an abortion, and the story being written about a woman of the 1800's who wrote about ice. A marvelous blend of background stories laced together with a unifying theme.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 29, 2018

It’s hard to categorize this odd novel set in a near future in which abortion has been outlawed. Deals with the identities of women who chose to have kids, chose not to have kids, and can’t have kids in a very interesting way. It was exactly the book I wanted it to be...the right reader will love it, but it won’t appeal to everyone.

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.

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.

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.

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