Things are bleak in Edna Lepucki’s California, what with the ever-present threat of rape and mutilation from the Pirates* and everyone accepting that survival means reverting back to a more traditional gendered division of labour.** Do you think any feminist/lesbian…
I’m about halfway through with the second chunk, and the heteronormative divisions of labor and political power are making me SO ANGRY. It is a very strong, capable, female author who can write this way. Thinking about this now, if California had been written by a man (I might argue that it couldn’t have been, but that’s another post.) I would have rolled my eyes and thought, “Of course it’s kind of a boy’s club making the leadership decisions.” But when a woman does it, you want to know, “Why? And how? And do the women on The Land have any kind of opinion about it?”
There’s something there about how The Group was set up, but like I said, I’m only on Chapter 12 or so.
But this is such an arresting read. I can’t breeze through it like I did with Fangirl. Every page calls for such deep thought. I love it!