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THE POWER, by Naomi Alderman (published 2016)
"What would the world look like if men were afraid of women rather than women being afraid of men? Science fiction has long questioned the conventional exercise of power between the sexes, from the utopian dreams of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, through the wild speculations of Joanna Russ and subtle inner journeys of Ursula Le Guin, on to Margaret Atwood’s dystopias and out to the seamier shores of pulp. Through exaggeration and reversal, many books have set out to illuminate inequality or open up new vistas of possibility. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen the status quo inverted to such devastating effect as in Naomi Alderman’s fourth novel." The Guardian, November 2, 2016
"In this stunning bestseller praised as "our era's Handmaid's Tale," a fierce new power has emerged—and only women have it (Washington Post). "
In The Power, by Naomi Alderman, the world is a recognizable place.
But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes. Teenage girls now have immense physical power: they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets. The Power is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.
"Captivating, fierce, and unsettling...I was riveted by every page. Alderman's prose is immersive and, well, electric." —New York Times Book Review
Coincidentally, this book was suggested by one of our members prior to recent developments effecting women's power in the world. You may want to pair your reading with an Electric Lemonade, an Electric Ice Tea or an Electric Blue Butterfly (all of which are blue!).
Planning ahead, the group selected themes for the next six months: historical fiction (August/September), novels taking place in or written by New Orleans/Louisiana authors (October/November), young adult novels (January/February 2023). Start thinking of suggestions - to be requested soon.