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Red Clocks

por Leni Zumas

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Abortion is 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 Ro, a single high-school teacher, is trying to have a baby on her own. 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.… (mais)
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I'm struggling with the rating here - one one hand, it's a well-written novel examining the lives of 5 women (4, really) as they struggle with issues of motherhood and independence, and on the other, it feels like the political aspect was completely unnecessary and included because women's-rights-dystopian fiction is all the rage these days. If Zumas had simply left that part out, and had Ro simply unable to afford further insemination/IVF treatments and come up with some other reason she couldn't adopt, nothing truly essential to the novel would have changed. Susan would still have struggled in her marriage, Mattie would still have struggled with her decision to get an abortion, and Gin still would have been arrested on a trumped-up charge.

The good:
Interconnected narratives can get muddied and bloated very quickly, and Zumas handles her with a deft hand, making it clear how everyone is connected but not leaning on those connections or interweaving their arcs unnecessarily.

Ro's extreme struggle with her desire to be a mother and her desire to not be married/involved with anyone was extremely sympathetic, even if I couldn't relate. The pressure society put on women to marry and procreate is unique and inescapable, and we all deal with it in our own ways. Even once our decision is made and set in stone, if it's not an "acceptable" one, there will always be pushback.

Susan's story was incredibly touching and sympathetic.

The bad:
Ro's behavior was inexcusable when she learned of Mattie's pregnancy. Yes, she was under immense pressure and personal stress, but Mattie came to her for help because Ro had been such a fierce advocate against the anti-abortion laws, and for Ro to let her down so profoundly was... disappointing. Of course it makes sense that Ro would wonder if Mattie would give her the baby, but once Mattie already said no and made it clear she didn't want to continue the pregnancy, Ro should have backed off and done what she could to help, instead of trying to convince a young, vulnerable girl to change her mind. She was doing to Mattie exactly what everyone else was doing to her - questioning an already made decision and futilely attempting to change it.

Why didn't Gin give Mattie an abortion when Mattie came to her in the first place? That would have solved it all right there, but instead she lied about not having the ingredients. Gin, really, was the second most extraneous character - while she has her connection to Mattie, nothing she did really had an impact on the overall plot. She was arrested for attempted murder of a grown women, not necessarily the fact that she provides abortions. What effect, then, really, did she have on the plot?

Why didn't Yasmin go to Canada for her abortion? She was rich enough and it was still possible.

I enjoyed the small snippets of Eivør's story that we got, but she was even more extraneous than Gin. ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
This is one of those books that makes me go "eh." In theory I should like it. The idea is simple (abortion and IVF is illegal)--but this isn't The Handmaid's Tale; life continues otherwise, boring and banal. THe stories of 4 (and snippets from a biography of another) wind together to describe this reality from different angles.

The writing is artfully choppy, a little too stylized, though the individual women's voices remain distinct. The relationships are depicted well. But I never got a sense of real urgency here. Zumas is so focused on how it plays out on a micro level that she willfully ignores the fact that there would be large scale political and social consequences to having a country where we can ratify an amendment banning abortion. We know that girls go to prison, that Mattie's best friend is there; but there's no emotion behind it and no wider impact. ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
The five stories within the book feel disconnected and disjointed. It's written in a lyrical way but the multiple plots feel choppy. The cover draws you in but it stops there and at times it is difficult to follow the plot. Overall, a disappointing read. ( )
  ChelCreads | Jun 30, 2021 |
Need to think about this one for a bit before I review. ( )
  booksforbrunch | May 5, 2021 |
I mean, this was nearly a 5 star book. Maybe like 4.8 for me. Good pace, engrossing. I throughly enjoyed this book. I wanted more. ( )
  mageestarr | Jan 2, 2021 |
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Abortion is 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 Ro, a single high-school teacher, is trying to have a baby on her own. 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.

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