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Often compared to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid’s Tale and Naomi Alderman's The Power - Woman on the Edge of Time has been hailed as a classic of speculative science fiction. Disturbing and forward thinking, Marge Piercy’s remarkable novel will speak to a new generation.

Connie Ramos has been unjustly incarcerated in a mental institution with no hope of release. The authorities view her as a danger to herself and to others. Her family has given up on her.

But Connie has a secret - a way to escape the confines of her cell. She can see the future.

For fans of The Handmaid's Tale, this is a reissue of a much loved feminist classic.

©2020 Marge Piercy (P)2020 W F Howes

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"She is a serious writer who deserves the sort of considered attention which, too often, she does not get." (Margaret Atwood) 

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Interesting vision but disappointing ending

As someone very despairing of the world now I really enjoyed the vision of the future in this book and the story is engaging and well told. I found the ending frustratingly ambiguous and un-satisfying, but on balance I'd still recommend it for the positives.

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A classic of Anarcho-feminist sci-fi.

Loved this book for years, so great to have it as an audiobook. The reading is excellent and felt natural to my interpretation of the book. Wish someone would make it into a film or series...

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  • 26-04-21

Very relevant in these times

Decades after this book was first published, Psychiatry continues to force its debilitating and damaging treatments disproportionately on ethnic and racial minorities, on those who live below the poverty line and all who have no access to community support. The biopsychiatry model is being challenged, but in times of corporate and State merger, this information is not shared in mainstream news or taught in most universities. Oral histories and works of fictions, which are based on them, are valuable.

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