Red Clocks

Red Clocks

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
0316434817
Branch Call Number: F ZUMAS
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 22 cm

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jess_g1
Aug 16, 2019

An enjoyable book but probably won't re-read.
Engaging characters and storyline although somewhat predictable. The ending felt a bit rushed. The author is a skilled writer and I really enjoyed reading this one.

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lyddiecent
Jul 21, 2019

The author knows how to write - that's for sure! However, the gory bits about slicing a lamb and such, I could definitely do without. Not a lot of likeability with some of the characters...so I probably won't revisit this book.

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snarski
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.

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laphampeak
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.

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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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