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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

Critic reviews

"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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great story

loved the story and performance. confused that sometimes Felia was still in 1999, but haven't time to recheck those bits.

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Really enjoyed this

Told in lots of different voices, this was a rewarding read with a powerful punch to it. I bought it in a deal and put off listening for some reason, and then thought I would give it a go to clear it from my list. But it absolutely engaged me straight away and I completely felt that I was there, seeing these women and hearing their voices. Now it’s over I miss them. It’s not easy to categorise, which is part of its charm as a book. And there’s an excellent mystery in there which I didn’t guess at all!

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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.