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Summary

The dancer. The mother. The cop. The artist. The wife. 

These women live by countless unspoken rules. How to dress; who to trust; and which streets are safe and which are not. The rules grow out of a kaleidoscope of fear, anguish, power, loss and hope. Maybe it is only these rules which keep them alive. 

When their neighbourhood is rocked by two murders, the careful existence these women have built for themselves begins to crumble. 

©2020 Ivy Pochoda (P)2020 Faber & Faber Ltd

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"Absolutely superb, a painful, atmospheric novel about women living on the margins in LA. Sex workers, drug addicts, women viewed and treated with contempt and disregard.... It's a stunner." (Steph Cha)

"These Women is full of resilient and undaunted characters that society often doesn't give a second look to. But Ivy Pochoda does and...she gives us the small story that grows so large in meaning and emotion as to transcend genre. It tells us how to look at ourselves and at what is important." (Michael Connelly)

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Simply amazing

I never wanted this story to end. I feel like I am better for meeting These Women. It's paced like a whirlwind and I doubt I will ever forget the characters or their stories.

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powerful storytelling!

The way the story is told in the voices of these strong women works really well. At the end of the story it all comes together beautifully and delivers it's message crystal clear. One of my favourite listens of the year!

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

An engrossing story told from the perspective of several different women, each with their own stories to tell. Beautifully narrated too.