Red Clocks by Leni Zumas is a dystopian novel that takes place in the US after Row v Wade has been overturned and the Personhood Amendment has been passed where abortion is illegal. The Personhood Amendment gives life, liberty and rights to every embryo at the time of conception and makes IVF illegal because the embryo cannot consent to being "moved" from dish into womb. A second law is about to pass called Every Child Needs Two which would only leave adoption available to married intact couples and single parents would no longer be eligible. The story jumps between 4 women, the Biographer, the Wife, the Mender and the Daughter as they all are suffering differently from the passage of these new laws. When the Mender is arrested and charged criminally for performing an abortion, the women's lives intersect.
I wasn’t sure if I would like this one but I really did. The premise sounded interesting in our current political climate and it delivered. I really liked following all of the women’s stories and I was thoroughly invested into all of them. Every woman who reads this book will emphasize with at least one of the women as Zumas tackles the question...what is a woman for?
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