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. Ro, a single high-school teacher, is trying to have a baby on her own, while also writing a biography of Eivor, 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 homeopath, or mender, who brings all their fates together when she’s arrested and put on trial in a frenzied modern-day witch hunt.
is at once a riveting drama whose mysteries unfold with magnetic energy, and a shattering novel of ideas.
With the verve of Naomi Alderman’s The Power
and the prescient brilliance of The Handmaid’s Tale
, Leni Zumas' incredible new novel is fierce, fearless and frighteningly plausible.