The Women Could Fly Megan Giddings

The Women Could Fly

Author: Megan Giddings
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Book Title
The Women Could Fly
Author
Megan Giddings
ISBN
9780063116993
Reminiscent of the works of Margaret Atwood, Shirley Jackson, and Octavia Butler, a biting social commentary from the acclaimed author of Lakewood that speaks to our times--a piercing dystopian novel about the unbreakable bond between a young woman and her mysterious mother, set in a world in which witches are real and single women are closely monitored.Josephine Thomas has heard every conceivable theory about her mother's disappearance. That she was kidnapped. Murdered. That she took on a new identity to start a new family. That she was a witch. This is the most worrying charge because in a world where witches are real, peculiar behavior raises suspicions and a woman--especially a Black woman--can find herself on trial for witchcraft. But fourteen years have passed since her mother's disappearance, and now Jo is finally ready to let go of the past. Yet her future is in doubt. The State mandates that all women marry by the age of 30--or enroll in a registry that allows them to be monitored, effectively forfeiting their autonomy. At 28, Jo is ambivalent about marriage. With her ability to control her life on the line, she feels as if she has her never understood her mother more. When she's offered the opportunity to honor one last request from her mother's will, Jo leaves her regular life to feel connected to her one last time.In this powerful and timely novel, Megan Giddings explores the limits women face--and the powers they have to transgress and transcend them. Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Megan GiddingsPublisher: Amistad PressPublished: 08/09/2022ISBN: 9780063116993Pages: 288Weight: 1.42lbsReview Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 03/01/2022 pg. 13Library Journal 06/01/2022 pg. 130Publishers Weekly 06/20/2022Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2022

Reminiscent of the works of Margaret Atwood, Shirley Jackson, and Octavia Butler, a biting social commentary from the acclaimed author of Lakewood that speaks to our times--a piercing dystopian novel about the unbreakable bond between a young woman and her mysterious mother, set in a world in which witches are real and single women are closely monitored.

Josephine Thomas has heard every conceivable theory about her mother's disappearance. That she was kidnapped. Murdered. That she took on a new identity to start a new family. That she was a witch. This is the most worrying charge because in a world where witches are real, peculiar behavior raises suspicions and a woman--especially a Black woman--can find herself on trial for witchcraft.

But fourteen years have passed since her mother's disappearance, and now Jo is finally ready to let go of the past. Yet her future is in doubt. The State mandates that all women marry by the age of 30--or enroll in a registry that allows them to be monitored, effectively forfeiting their autonomy. At 28, Jo is ambivalent about marriage. With her ability to control her life on the line, she feels as if she has her never understood her mother more. When she's offered the opportunity to honor one last request from her mother's will, Jo leaves her regular life to feel connected to her one last time.

In this powerful and timely novel, Megan Giddings explores the limits women face--and the powers they have to transgress and transcend them.



Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Megan Giddings
Publisher: Amistad Press
Published: 08/09/2022
ISBN: 9780063116993
Pages: 288
Weight: 1.42lbs

Review Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 03/01/2022 pg. 13
Library Journal 06/01/2022 pg. 130
Publishers Weekly 06/20/2022
Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2022

Reminiscent of the works of Margaret Atwood, Shirley Jackson, and Octavia Butler, a biting social commentary from the acclaimed author of Lakewood that speaks to our times--a piercing dystopian novel about the unbreakable bond between a young woman and her mysterious mother, set in a world in which witches are real and single women are closely monitored.

Josephine Thomas has heard every conceivable theory about her mother's disappearance. That she was kidnapped. Murdered. That she took on a new identity to start a new family. That she was a witch. This is the most worrying charge because in a world where witches are real, peculiar behavior raises suspicions and a woman--especially a Black woman--can find herself on trial for witchcraft.

But fourteen years have passed since her mother's disappearance, and now Jo is finally ready to let go of the past. Yet her future is in doubt. The State mandates that all women marry by the age of 30--or enroll in a registry that allows them to be monitored, effectively forfeiting their autonomy. At 28, Jo is ambivalent about marriage. With her ability to control her life on the line, she feels as if she has her never understood her mother more. When she's offered the opportunity to honor one last request from her mother's will, Jo leaves her regular life to feel connected to her one last time.

In this powerful and timely novel, Megan Giddings explores the limits women face--and the powers they have to transgress and transcend them.



Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Megan Giddings
Publisher: Amistad Press
Published: 08/09/2022
ISBN: 9780063116993
Pages: 288
Weight: 1.42lbs

Review Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 03/01/2022 pg. 13
Library Journal 06/01/2022 pg. 130
Publishers Weekly 06/20/2022
Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2022