Red Clocks

Red Clocks

Book - 2019
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Five women. One question. What is a woman for? 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 Eivv'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.
Publisher: London :, The Borough Press,, 2019
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 354 pages ;,20 cm.


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Apr 16, 2021

A convoluted read, but interesting.

JCLJENNYT Jun 30, 2020

Red Clocks is definitely a politically charged piece and it left me with a lot of thoughts. Like many books right now it is trying to be the next Handmaid's Tale. While I think the plot was interesting enough I don't really think that it brought any nuance to the genre in particular. I felt bad for a lot of these women especially since the events still happen today but to be honest the writing was kind of meh. The plot was fine but I didn't really care about the characters all that much. Its like if you took away their struggles there wasn't really much of a personality beyond that. Additionally, I listened to this on audiobook and while the plots are different most of these characters didn't really have a lot of personality so it was easy to lose track if you zoned out or at the beginning of chapter switches. The older women I constantly mixing up. I think for the most part writing multi-voiced narratives is difficult and unless you have distinct characters they tend to blend together and really deteriorate the writing.

Interesting topic mediocre execution. I predict it to be a book that fades into the background.

OPL_AnnaW May 01, 2020

A near-dystopian novel with similar themes to "The Handmaid's Tale", this is a story about women and the expectations society places upon them.

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.

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 I probably won't revisit this book.

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.

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