Monthly Meetup: When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

  • May 13, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Hannah Payne's life has been devoted to church and family. But after she's convicted of murder, she awakens in a new body to a nightmarish new life. She finds herself lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home, for whom observing new Chromes--criminals whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime--is a sinister form of entertainment. Hannah is a Red for the crime of murder. The victim, says the State of Texas, was her unborn child, and Hannah is determined to protect the identity of the father, a public figure with whom she shared a fierce and forbidden love.


A powerful re-imagining of The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke is a timely fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of the not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated, and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith and love."

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  • Melissa

    Hi everyone! Since the group has dwindled a bit I think the Fat Rabbit will still work. It's the kind of place where you go up to the bar and order your drink/meal and they give you a number and bring it to you. Seating may be a bit wonky but we should be ok. I'll arrive early and snake a table.

    May 13, 2013

  • Dick D.

    Try as I may I haven't been able to get more than a few pages in to the book. :-(

    May 12, 2013

    • Melissa

      Don't worry Dick, I made it to the second part and wasn't into it at all.

      May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This book sounds really interesting, what a great selection! This will be my first meet up with you all, looking forward to discussing the book with new friends. .....:-)

    May 12, 2013

  • Nancy B.

    I won't be able to make this one

    May 9, 2013

  • Christina E.

    Have to fly out to Portland..hope you have a great time

    May 8, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Sounds like a cool book! Two more weeks until school is out and I'll be able to visit again.

    May 8, 2013

  • Jim C.

    Sorry, a conflict...

    May 6, 2013

  • Jim C.

    I finished the book and really enjoyed it. Found it hard to put down. Thought provoking, timely and a vision of the future that actually appears to be getting closer, as more states limit abortion or try to eliminate it completely. With the financial drain due to the prison population explosion, the discharge of non-violent prisoners is happening and if a solution could be found to both release more yet stigmatize those released, I could see how that would appeal to many, not withstanding the social changes such stigmatization would cause. As if we are "over" the visible differences of Afro-Americans and even the wearing of Burkas or Sikh turbans. Anything that makes a visible difference in minority populations is ripe for exploitation. With all that, I likely will not make the meetup due to a conflict with another book club that same evening. But I would love to discuss this book further. Let me know if anyone wants to meet over a glass of wine another night...

    May 6, 2013

  • Melissa

    I've heard Fat Rabbit is not the most ideal spot for a book club meetup. I'm looking at another bar up the street called "Old Town" that I think is relatively new. It is also a restaurant so there will be food there.

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This book sounds really interesting, what a great selection! This will be my first meet up with you all, looking forward to discussing the book with new friends. .....:-)

    April 18, 2013

  • Jim C.

    Melissa, I don't see a book chosen yet. Have you got one in mind? Also, the Roseville Book Club is on Mon, May 13, so I might suggest Mon May 20 for the Folsom Book Club event, to prevent a conflict.

    April 14, 2013

    • Melissa

      Hi Jim! I've been incredibly busy. I just finished my exam last Friday and am selecting a book today.

      April 18, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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