The Gate to Women's Country

The Gate to Women's Country

by Sheri S. Tepper

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The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri S. Tepper

“Lively, thought-provoking . . . the plot is ingenious, packing a wallop of a surprise . . . Tepper knows how to write a well-made, on-moving story with strong characters. . . . She takes the mental risks that are the lifeblood of science fiction and all imaginative narrative.”—Ursula K. LeGuin, Los Angeles Times

Since the flames died three hundred years ago, human civilization has evolved into a dual society: Women’s Country, where walled towns enclose what’s left of past civilization, nurtured by women and a few nonviolent men; and the adjacent garrisons where warrior men live—the lost brothers, sons, and lovers of those in Women’s Country.

Two societies. Two competing dreams. Two ways of life, kept apart by walls stronger than stone. And yet there is a gate between them. . . .

“Tepper not only keeps us reading . . . she provokes a new look at the old issues.”—The Washington Post

“Tepper’s cast of both ordinary and extraordinary people play out a powerful drama whose significance goes beyond sex to deal with the toughest problem of all, the challenge of surmounting humanity’s most dangerous flaws so we can survive—despite ourselves.”—Locus

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553280647
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1993
Pages: 315
Sales rank: 375,244
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sheri S. Tepper (1929–2016) is the award-winning author of A Plague of Angels, Sideshow, Beauty, Raising the Stones, Grass, The Gate to Women's Country, After Long Silence, and Shadow's End. Grass was a New York Times Notable Book and Hugo Award nominee, and Beauty was voted Best Fantasy Novel by the readers of Locus magazine.

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STAVIA SAW HERSELF AS IN A PICTURE, FROM THE outside, a darkly cloaked figure moving along a cobbled street, the stones sheened with a soft, early spring rain. On either side the gutters ran with an infant chuckle and gurgle, baby streams being amused with themselves. The corniced buildings smiled candlelit windows across at one another, their shoulders huddled protectively inward—though not enough to keep the rain from streaking the windows and making the candlelight seem the least bit weepy, a luxurious weepiness, as after a two-hanky drama of love lost or unrequited.

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Gate to Women's Country 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Sheri tepper book i ever read, i was a freshman in high school and fell in love with it and her. I have read almost every book she has written, only because I have not been able to find all of them. This book got me hooked on SF books. The relationships she builds amoung men and woman are what defines her books for me. She makes woman strong, the most powerful asset. I recomend this book to every woman, because it shows the power we hold.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great self empowering book. I read it from cover to cover in one night. Every year I buy it for girlfriends that don't have their own copy yet!
Sorka-Spellbound More than 1 year ago
I first read this book back in the early '90's. Since then I have actually gone through 3 paperback copies (some lent/given away) and finally have a copy on my Nook. It is THAT great a story. A wonderful social commentary and well thought out plot and solution to rid the world of the violence of war. I can't recommend this book highly enough!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding imagination and intrigue. Don't miss out on this unique and captivating story of men and women co-existing seperately. This book ranks #2 in overall feminist fiction in my opinion. Califia's Daughter takes #1. If you liked The Gate to Women's County, you won't want to put down Califia's Daughter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite book. It's for women that know men are born differently than women, and for the women that know there has to be a better way.
Red-line More than 1 year ago
The book really made me start to think about some of it basic ideas. It also is rather good to read just of entertainment. This could be a good source of items for group discussion.
sussabmax on LibraryThing 7 days ago
This book is in the running for my favorite book ever (if I could possibly pick just one).Unlike some of Tepper's other works, this book demonstrates her worldview through action and story-telling rather than preaching. There is a lot going on in this book, and she manages to get it all in with some very tight writing. When I picked this book up recently after a long time since my first reading, I was surprised by how short it was--I was convinced that it had to be much longer to get in everything that I remembered. I particularly like the way Tepper demonstrates that a pacifist society is not a weak society. The society that she creates is complex and very well-thought out. The characters strive to do what is best for everyone, but they understand that tough choices need to be made in the short run to create a more just society in the long run. I have a hard time reviewing this because I love it so much I just want to gush about how wonderful it is, but it really deserves more than that. I love it because it is so thought-provoking and richly layered. I don't usually re-read books until I have pretty much forgotten what they were about, because I get bored easily, but there is so much going on in this book, I could have happily re-read it immediately after I finished it. If it weren't for the mountain of books waiting to be read, I might have.
Gateaupain on LibraryThing 7 days ago
I remember being vastly impressed by this after the disappointment of "The Handmaid's Story".Unfortunately I passed it on to an old friend who has since lost touch. Maybe one day I'll buy it again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If women fashioned their own society, what would be the result? What role would men play? Thought provoking. One of the best SF books ever written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my very favorites
MJKalinowski More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for young women to understand the ways that they allow themselves to be manipulated by men. Young women are vulnerable because they believe that what motivates the female mind are the same emotions for the the male mind. Women need to value them selves before anyone else will. Sheri Tepper encourages women to evaluate and make better choices.
Friday_Jones More than 1 year ago
Great book, i have read and reread many times. Provocative ideas and logic, pro feminist. Highly recommend!
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All the men disappeared? The question Tepper forces you to ask starts your wheels turning about sex and gender in our modern world until the last page of this book. One of my personal favorites.
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LillyParksONBooks More than 1 year ago
An very interesting read
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