New England Mama Book Club: Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

A feminist dystopian set in modern day Oregon, Red Clocks had me hooked from line one. The book focuses on four women and how their lives were affected by the passing of the personhood amendment, an amendment put in place that strictly limits female access to things such as IVF, birth control, and abortion. Now I know personally given the current political climate in the United States, this novel really hit the mark with how it handled the topics discussed.

The characters were a diverse grouping, first we have Ro, a single teacher desperate for a child in a world that won’t let her have one; she is strong in her beliefs and my favorite character of the bunch. Next we have Mattie a misguided teenager with a bun in the oven and limited options, followed by Susan a stay at home suburban mom of two who’s just over motherhood and marriage, and finally we have Gin the local “healer” who lives in the woods and is put on trial for her dabbling in herbal remedies. Each character faces a separate issue that somehow intertwines with the others in a way that kept me on my toes the entire time. The book really does justice to each characters plight, and gets the reader involved by truly questioning what is true and what is societal conditioning regarding female reproductive rights, families, and the weight of it all.

From start to finish the novel really had me engaged, the writing style took a little getting used to as it jumped around from character to character, however once I got into the swing of things I was disappointed to see it end. You can find Red Clocks wherever books are sold, as well as on Audible for all the audiobook fans out there.

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