Friday, 4 May 2018

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

The Red Clocks by Leni Zumas weaves a interlaced tale of five women struggling to reconcile questions about motherhood, identity, and freedom. The book is set in a small Oregon fishing town with the premise that 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.

Ro is a single high school teacher struggling with fertility issues and the frustrations around wanting to be a mother but being denied the right. Susan is a mother of two trapped in a marriage because they have adopted a child and adopted children cannot be in single parent households. Mattie is the adopted daughter struggling with her own issues of teen pregnancy and the inability to decide what's right for her own body. Gin is a gifted herbalist who risks and faces prosecution for helping women abort. All the while, the fifth woman, an arctic explorer from the late 19th century struggles with women's rights.

This is a fantastic read for anyone interested or passionate about women's issues. At times it will infuriate you and make your own passions boil, but it's certain to spark conversations, and challenge you to think about the women in your life. This is a great book for a book club to read.