Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
Original, frightening and thought provoking.... Red Clocks shot up to the top of my TBR as soon as I received it from Little Brown and Company. This book is written from the view points of 4 different women who are all in different places on their journey to motherhood. My heart broke for Ro (the biographer) as she struggled to conceive and then broke again when the government decreed that the only suitable home for an adopted child is one with two parents. Then there was Susan... the frazzled, underappreciated housewife, trapped in a loveless marriage and straining to re-establish who she was outside of being known as Bex's mom and Didier's wife. The character of the Mender was my favorite ... a wise herbalist and healer who lives in the woods assisting local women with everything from healing a burn to aiding in the termination of a pregnancy. Most of the townspeople think she is a witch and this was the plot line that drew me in the most.
I was heavily invested in everything going on and then BOOM the book was over. What? No. No. No. No. I need more. I need answers. I need to know what happens with all these women down the road... are they happy, did they ultimately get what they wanted..... I was so distraught I called a friend of mine and we discussed all the possibilities of what may have happened with these women down the line and also that we need a separate book just about the Mender.
If you are looking for a title that will no doubt cause a spirited debate on your night of book club, then this is the book for you. Red Clocks tackles everything from motherhood, identity, abortion and fertility, to the government's involvement in reproductive rights. It also asks the age old question: What makes a mother and who has the right to define that role? This book hits shelves Jan. 16 and I highly recommend it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ powerful stars