Red Clocks

Red Clocks

by Leni Zumas

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ISBN-13: 9780316434812
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 79,414
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Leni Zumas is the author of the story collection Farewell Navigator and the novel The Listeners, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She is an associate professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Portland State University.

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Red Clocks 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
2.5 Stars I really liked the premise of this book when I read description. However, the reading of the book was so tedious and challenging that I had to give up on it at about 35% into it. There was not a story here, per se, IMO. It was filled with phrases just thrown in. No conversation or plots. The characters (the mender, the daughter, the wife, etc.) are called by their roles. Then every once in a while, their names are used. And you had better be paying attention to catch this. Unfortunately, the book was not garnering all my attention, hardly any of it. Not only would I need a spreadsheet to keep up, but I would need a white board, as well. One that I could tie strings from person to person detailing relationships, etc. For me, this was all too challenging with little entertainment provided. I am not a fan of this type of writing at all. Thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
AmberK1120 More than 1 year ago
W. O. W. I finished this book a couple of weeks ago already and am still struggling to come up with a coherent and acceptable public reaction. I read it as part of a month-long buddy read with weekly discussions (feel free to search our hashtag on Instagram if you’d like to read through our discussions – #awesomeAFbuddyreads), and I couldn’t have chosen a better way to read it. There is SO MUCH to talk about within the covers of this book! I’m pretty sure my head would’ve exploded had I not talked it out as I read. (Ok, maybe not. But you get my point.) Zumas gave this book four narrators. Sometimes multiple narrators can be a burden, especially when you’re trying to keep everyone’s storyline straight. That wasn’t the case with Red Clocks. Every chapter is labeled with its narrator, so that alone makes it easy to follow, but add to that the fact that each of these women have such unique, distinct, strong voices, and you’re easily and quickly drawn right back into each of their lives with each new chapter. Despite the distinctions between each of their stories, there are some very notable similarities amongst them. The lives of every single one of these women has been negatively impacted by the Personhood Amendment, and they’re all struggling to make sense of their chaos. And they’re angry. Ro, Susan, Mattie, and Gin are all really mad about the fact that their rights have been rescinded and they’re now at the mercy of the whims of the new president. As a woman, I was terrified, I was angry, and I was caught up in this story like a deer in headlights. I absolutely cannot fathom being in any of their shoes. But what if? I could babble on about this book for hours, but I’d spoil the whole thing for you. I know this won’t be a book for everyone, and it’s not an easy read, but if you’re even the slightest bit intrigued by the synopsis, I say go for it.
jmchshannon More than 1 year ago
For all of Stephen King's monsters that he has created over the years, there is nothing as frightening as an oppressive, futuristic society that has a decent likelihood of coming true. Margaret Atwood understood this when writing her brilliant The Handmaid's Tale. Leni Zumas is just one more author to capitalize on this fact in her novel, Red Clocks. Whereas Ms. Atwood was writing a novel that could potentially come true, Ms. Zumas' novel is one that all but grabs its plot from current headlines as the conservative right continues to demean women and seek to destroy our right to take ownership of what happens to our body and when. The fact that there is yet another strong push to upend the Roe v. Wade decision and its pertinence to Ms. Zumas' story makes this the most terrifying story of all. What may be even worse is the fact that stories like Ms. Zumas' only serve to remind readers that general sentiment towards women by a small but very powerful minority have not changed over the centuries. Women with strong personalities, like Eivør, or who exhibit expertise in an area, like Gin, have always been called witches and continue to be vilified for not expressing "more feminine" traits. Girls like Mattie continue to face societal scorn for getting pregnant out of wedlock, as if women are the sole instigators of pregnancy. Mothers like Susan will always face pressure from others for not appreciating their marriage and motherhood and experience doubts for wanting something more out of life. Yes, things are changing but at a glacial pace, which makes Red Clocks such a timely novel. Moreover, unlike in Ms. Benjamin's latest novel, Ms. Zumas gets us to care about her characters. They are achingly real in their desires, their frustrations, and their mistakes. None of the women want to break the law; they do not set out to be criminals. What they do have is a desire to do with their body and their lives what THEY want and not what others dictate. Seeing all of the women struggle is heartbreaking, all the more so because you cannot help but feel that their stories are eerily prescient as well.