Commune Of Women

Commune Of Women

by Suzan Still

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ISBN-13: 9781936558162
Publisher: Fiction Studio, The
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Pages: 394
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)

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Commune Of Women 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Who would have thought that an unplanned, unexpected event would unite six, very different women from all walks of life and bind them together forever? When a group of extreme terrorists take over the international terminal at LAX, gunfire erupts, killing random people, from the oldest to the youngest without so much as a thought for their welfare. As bodies begin to pile up where they once stood and in some cases ran for cover, a group of women find themselves locked behind the shelter of an employee break room door. Now as the gun fire slows, they huddle in silence unsure of where their fate lies. While one of them remains wounded with bullet hole in her shoulder, each of these women will play a part in helping them survive until help arrives. Sophia, who is the largest woman, most have ever seen becomes the official leader of the group. She maintains control over the security of the room, moving a vending machine in front of the door to prevent anyone from gaining entry into their hideaway. She tends to Erica, a young, black woman who is shot and needs to control the bleeding before she sleeps any further into shock. She utilizes needle and thread she obtains from Pearl, a homeless woman who was sleeping in the room before the chaos broke out in the terminal. Pearl seems to be their saving grace with all kinds of things she has kept with her along her travels on the street. She has been named the official person you'd want to have with you if you found yourself stranded on a desert island. While Sophia tends to Erica, who remains in and out of consciousness, Pearl begins to round up the food supplies from the vending machines, and helps Betty, an overweight, woman deal with the affects of the situation by vomiting in the bathroom, and then cleaning it up to maintain a sense of normalcy. Heddi, is the psychiatrist who has been treating Betty in her practice while coming to LAX to retrieve another patient, Ondine, who was arriving from France when the shooting began. Heddi feels she needs to be the one to take a leadership role since she is the one with a college degree in psychiatry and needs to do whatever it takes to help these women keep calm until help arrives. She insists that they tell stories about their lives to help them get to know one another, and a way to pass the time until they can be rescued. In the novel, Commune of Women by Suzan Still, the stories that the women share during their time locked in a room awaiting rescue, will help the women unite in more ways than one, through the telling of some graphic stories of how each has arrived at where they are at today not just in being at the airport but who they are in spite of their circumstances. Some of the stories are horrifying and filled with graphic images of just what some of these women have endured in their life, but in the end, it will unite them and bring about some positive changes in each of them. I received this book compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours and Suzan Still's for my honest review. The story is well written and the situation one that could happen to any of us. There are some strong uses of profanity and graphic sexual images that come across in some of the stories that are told that may offend some readers. However, these stories allow the reader to understand the people that are present in the room today and how these life events changed them. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars based on my rating criteria.
Heavensent1 More than 1 year ago
Commune of Women is a dramatic thriller. Seven women have been drawn into a web of terrorism as each of them arrive at Los Angeles International Airport. Heddie is a psycho-analyst who is traveling with one of her patients to pick up another from the airport. She is calm, cool, collected and has been raised with a silver spoon in her mouth or so she wants everyone to believe. Sophia is a natural born leader. She is strong, caring, compassionate and knowledgeable. She carries with her demons from her past when she was a medic during the Vietnam war. Erika is a high profile business women with a vulgar attitude and vocabulary. She believes everything and everyone should center around her and after she is shot, she is extremely irritated that her business world may come crashing down around her. Pearl is a wizened bag lady who arrives at the airport because of friend of hers told her that the money was good. She is one person who is bound to have everything one might need in order to survive, she's been doing it for a long time and knows what is needed in times of duress. Her story is a sad one and yet she always seems to find something good in all that is around her. Ondine is a neurotic free spirit whose has a terrible guilt over a past event she had no control over. She is currently under Heddie's care and working through her demons. She's coming out of a bad marriage and tends to run from the stresses in her life. Betty is also one of Heddie's patients and she puts all her time and energy into plastic flowers arrangements that she is passionate about creating. Her passion has driven a wedge between her and her family. She doesn't see what she is doing wrong until her life is threatened and she realizes her values had been wrong all the time. X is a militant who grew up in the Jafar camp in Palestine. She comes from an area of the world where walls surround her country, checkpoints are needed to go through to leave and people are systematically killed. To be a women in Palestine means you are bred of strength, determination and perseverance. She is proud of the women in her life and feels she is just in her reasons why she is attacking the airport. However, along the way she begins to see things in a new light and vows to correct all the wrongs that have ever happened to her. Each of these women must survive four days while they are held in the airport, too afraid to leave their hiding place. The six women have no idea where the terrorists are, why the FBI hasn't come for them yet nor how they are going to survive when their only food is to be found in an employee vending machine and bullet ridden soda! Each of them delves into their inner psyche to find the demons that have haunted them in order to find the strength to survive. This wasn't a bad read! I truly enjoyed the women's characters, each one of them was written in a well-rounded manner and with believable back stories. My favourite of the women was Sophia, a woman who listens to the world's weave and reacts to it instinctively. She was very strong in character and belief. I wasn't so fond of Ondine, I found her overly whiny and her maternal instincts were severely lacking. Not that she was a badly written character, just out of them all, I'd have disliked her the least if I met them as they were written. Many of the back stories shard were wonderfully written. It was rather hard to read Pearl's for the first half of t
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good premise, not bad but could have been much more
padiddle More than 1 year ago
The stories of these women stay with me. The writing is lyrical and poetic, especially when told from the perspective of Ondine, the woman whose shell has grown until it obstructs her very self. Each character is a player in an unexpected trauma. How they experience their vulnerability varies with their level of health, and appearances are very deceiving. I hope that Susan Still will continue to write. I recommend this book in this review, and to all my friends. Book club book? Absolutely, as there is a lot to discuss, and perspective will likely change the things one appreciates best.
Sundrop77 More than 1 year ago
DESCRIPTION Seven women from all walks of life become trapped for several days during a terrorist attack at LAX. Cut off from all outside communication and not knowing how or if they will be rescued, they resort to sharing personal stories as a means to distract themselves from succumbing to their fears. CONCEPT/PLOT - 5 stars There are a lot of layers to this book, the topmost layer being that we all have things in common, even if cannot see these commonalities at first. Between the seven women, virtually all important variables were represented: different ethnicities, cultures, religious beliefs, upbringings, education levels, financial standing, and family histories. On the surface, the only thing these folks seemed to have in common with each other is that they were all women. Despite their vast differences and their initial judgments and distrusts, their predicament shined a light on their commonalities in a way that normally would not been seen. An underlying layer was politics and how people misrepresent themselves and exploit others for personal gain. This inclusion really rounded out the story and ends up playing an important role all on its own. WRITING STYLE/EXECUTION - 4 stars The book is written in sections. Each section is introduced by the name of the woman whose point of view is being represented. In the beginning, the sections were short and it took some time to remember who was who. Over time though, each woman's section got longer and I was grateful for that. I enjoyed the stories and various perspectives. The fact that I could empathize with even character 'X' speaks volumes, as we are conditioned to hate "terrorists." Ms. Still did a wonderful job of allowing us to empathize with the characters yet still disagree with some of their actions. FORMATTING/EDITING - 5 stars People, cultures, locations, politics, and pyschology were all well-researched and explained. The book was well put together and polished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A slightly larger sample would have helped me decide if this book was worth the money. A 12 page sample that wastes the 1st 5 pages is not a good sales technique.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters. Would read this author again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters seemed well developed and story line enjoyable. Ending could have been better written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic read about seven different women and their point of view during an attack on an airport. One is a terrorist while the other six are victims of the attack. The story is told from each person's point of view, which is quite a feat to pull off. Amazing how one can look at each of these characters and feel something, whether a likeness or understanding of their plight and struggle to survive. An amazing story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suzan Still has scored a homerun with this tale of tragedy that brings a group of vastly different women together only to show us that deep down they share more in common than they realize. But then again, dont we all? I loved that she shared some insight into the lives of the terrorist as well. Bottom line is this book is a must read!
alexia561 More than 1 year ago
This was a tough book to read at times, as I found myself wondering how I would react in a similar situation. Different women, from different walks of life, find themselves trapped in a small break room after a terrorist attack at the Los Angeles International Airport. We meet them as they arrive at the airport and watch as they find sanctuary in the break room, then try to survive. There is Sophia, a strong "mountain woman" who takes charge and whose medical training comes in handy. Pearl, an old homeless woman who was napping in the room when the attack occurred. Heddi, a therapist who comes up with the idea of sharing stories to help pass the time. Betty, one of Heddi's patients who drove her to the airport to pick up Ondine, another of Heddi's patients. And Erika, a business woman shot in the shoulder, who Sophia tends to during their ordeal. In a separate room is X, the only female terrorist, who is holed up in a control room where she can monitor both the airport and the local news. We learn her story as well, and watch as she tries to make sense out of how she got there and wonders what might happen next. This is a powerful story, as the women share very personal stories. Not knowing if they will survive or not, the stories become more intimate and soul searching as the days pass. I found myself caring about these women, and marveling at their strength and perseverance. I was especially impressed with Sophia and Pearl, who had very different histories, but were both incredibly strong women. Gave this one a 4/5 as I really enjoyed getting to know these characters, was immediately pulled into the plot, and found myself really caring about what would happen to the women. Still is a very gifted writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future!
Holly76 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
DESCRIPTIONSeven women from all walks of life become trapped for several days during a terrorist attack at LAX. Cut off from all outside communication and not knowing how or if they will be rescued, they resort to sharing personal stories as a means to distract themselves from succumbing to their fears. CONCEPT/PLOT - 5 starsThere are a lot of layers to this book, the topmost layer being that we all have things in common, even if cannot see these commonalities at first.Between the seven women, virtually all important variables were represented: different ethnicities, cultures, religious beliefs, upbringings, education levels, financial standing, and family histories. On the surface, the only thing these folks seemed to have in common with each other is that they were all women. Despite their vast differences and their initial judgments and distrusts, their predicament shined a light on their commonalities in a way that normally would not been seen.An underlying layer was politics and how people misrepresent themselves and exploit others for personal gain. This inclusion really rounded out the story and ends up playing an important role all on its own.WRITING STYLE/EXECUTION - 4 starsThe book is written in sections. Each section is introduced by the name of the woman whose point of view is being represented. In the beginning, the sections were short and it took some time to remember who was who. Over time though, each woman's section got longer and I was grateful for that. I enjoyed the stories and various perspectives. The fact that I could empathize with even character 'X' speaks volumes, as we are conditioned to hate "terrorists." Ms. Still did a wonderful job of allowing us to empathize with the characters yet still disagree with some of their actions. FORMATTING/EDITING - 5 starsPeople, cultures, locations, politics, and pyschology were all well-researched and explained. The book was well put together and polished.
MadMooseMama on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Commune of Women is a dramatic thriller.Seven women have been drawn into a web of terrorism as each of them arrive at Los Angeles International Airport. Heddie is a psycho-analyst who is traveling with one of her patients to pick up another from the airport. She is calm, cool, collected and has been raised with a silver spoon in her mouth or so she wants everyone to believe.Sophia is a natural born leader. She is strong, caring, compassionate and knowledgeable. She carries with her demons from her past when she was a medic during the Vietnam war.Erika is a high profile business women with a vulgar attitude and vocabulary. She believes everything and everyone should center around her and after she is shot, she is extremely irritated that her business world may come crashing down around her.Pearl is a wizened bag lady who arrives at the airport because of friend of hers told her that the money was good. She is one person who is bound to have everything one might need in order to survive, she's been doing it for a long time and knows what is needed in times of duress. Her story is a sad one and yet she always seems to find something good in all that is around her.Ondine is a neurotic free spirit whose has a terrible guilt over a past event she had no control over. She is currently under Heddie's care and working through her demons. She's coming out of a bad marriage and tends to run from the stresses in her life.Betty is also one of Heddie's patients and she puts all her time and energy into plastic flowers arrangements that she is passionate about creating. Her passion has driven a wedge between her and her family. She doesn't see what she is doing wrong until her life is threatened and she realizes her values had been wrong all the time.X is a militant who grew up in the Jafar camp in Palestine. She comes from an area of the world where walls surround her country, checkpoints are needed to go through to leave and people are systematically killed. To be a women in Palestine means you are bred of strength, determination and perseverance. She is proud of the women in her life and feels she is just in her reasons why she is attacking the airport. However, along the way she begins to see things in a new light and vows to correct all the wrongs that have ever happened to her.Each of these women must survive four days while they are held in the airport, too afraid to leave their hiding place. The six women have no idea where the terrorists are, why the FBI hasn't come for them yet nor how they are going to survive when their only food is to be found in an employee vending machine and bullet ridden soda!Each of them delves into their inner psyche to find the demons that have haunted them in order to find the strength to survive.This wasn't a bad read! I truly enjoyed the women's characters, each one of them was written in a well-rounded manner and with believable back stories. My favourite of the women was Sophia, a woman who listens to the world's weave and reacts to it instinctively. She was very strong in character and belief.I wasn't so fond of Ondine, I found her overly whiny and her maternal instincts were severely lacking. Not that she was a badly written character, just out of them all, I'd have disliked her the least if I met them as they were written.Many of the back stories shard were wonderfully written. It was rather hard to read Pearl's for the first half of the book. She has a very bad grammar syntax and it's written that way, however, just after halfway through the book, the author uses less of this inflection and she flows better with the story. I just wished when she was telling her story the author had written with a little less syntax connotations.The ending was a surprise and after you read it you will know that it truly peeved me, which is good but it wasn't what I had expected. The ending was good but there were several things that didn't wrap up for me. There are few minor characters who
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lmf22purple More than 1 year ago
Riveting. Loved how the author brought such disparate lives together and showed that as women we have more in common than we realize.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were intriguing & real.
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This book was okay, just a little to slow for me.
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This book was inexpensive but definitely a good read. Would recommend
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AVID-JT More than 1 year ago
Commune of Women is a book that will make you evaluate your life as the very diverse and interesting characters reveal pieces of their lives. Some will associate with the characters while other¿s will appreciate their dull, safe life. It's a fascinating story that strips things down and lays it out with grim reality.