Saturday, February 3, 2018

Peek Inside the Book - Red Clocks

When I was deciding to come back to the blog I was looking through all the blogging memes that the blogs I read follow. I had done Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 a handful of times, but over at Mixed Book Bag, JC merged them together and I really like that idea.  So borrowing from her I'm going to start linking up to both Book Beginnings on Friday from Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 with Freda's Voice.

This week I'm reading Red Clocks by Leni Zumas 

It Begins: 
Born in 1841 on a Faroese sheep farm;

The polar explorer was raised on a farm near

In the North Atlantic Ocean, between Scotland and Iceland, on an island with more sheep than people, a shepherd's wife gave birth to a child who would grow up to study ice. 

On Page 56:
Those days at the Perfects' are probably a little different from those days on the hill.
On top of making dresses, Jessica knits sweaters out of local Shetland wool for all four children.
Cans jam from the wild berries they pick.
Home-cooks their wheat-free, dairy-free meals.
Chicken nuggets and string cheese never cross her threshold.

Before each chapter we get these snippets from the biography one of the characters is working on while she is working as a teacher in this small town.  The other main characters are a mother of 2, a high school student, and the crazy woman who lives in the woods.  It's a story about a version of the US where women can be charged with murder for a miscarriage, they can't get abortion and IVF is no longer allowed. There's a Pink Wall so don't think about trying to get to Canada. These are stories about these four women and how they are dealing with pregnancy in a country who has laws condemning women 

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