Unintentionally, I read this on Mothering Sunday, in the early hours of a morning following a sleepless night. It didn’t ease my anxiety at all, and brought home just how easy it is for a world to slide into dystopia.
In this book, a law has been passed outlawing all abortions. A follow-up law bans in-vitro fertilisation (but not artificial insemination); and a third law is on the cusp of enactment, outlawing adoption by single persons.
The book follows five women in a small American town as they deal with the fallout of these laws. In addition, they all have to deal with the general male power over women, and the troubles that go along with small-town bigotry and superstition. There is only one sympathetic male character. All other males are tropes – (the jock boyfriend, the wife-beater hiding behind respectability, the creepy gynaecologist etc), but the women feel more real.
I liked this book a lot. In particular, I liked the glimpses of Eivør’s struggle to claim her own work.
Well worth reading.