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Woman on the Edge of Time
Woman on the Edge of Time | Marge Piercy
Hailed as a classic of speculative fiction, Marge Piercy’s landmark novel is a transformative vision of two futures—and what it takes to will one or the other into reality. Harrowing and prescient, Woman on the Edge of Time speaks to a new generation on whom these choices weigh more heavily than ever before. Connie Ramos is a Mexican American woman living on the streets of New York. Once ambitious and proud, she has lost her child, her husband, her dignity—and now they want to take her sanity. After being unjustly committed to a mental institution, Connie is contacted by an envoy from the year 2137, who shows her a time of sexual and racial equality, environmental purity, and unprecedented self-actualization. But Connie also bears witness to another potential outcome: a society of grotesque exploitation in which the barrier between person and commodity has finally been eroded. One will become our world. And Connie herself may strike the decisive blow. Praise for Woman on the Edge of Time “This is one of those rare novels that leave us different people at the end than we were at the beginning. Whether you are reading Marge Piercy’s great work again or for the first time, it will remind you that we are creating the future with every choice we make.”—Gloria Steinem “An ambitious, unusual novel about the possibilities for moral courage in contemporary society.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer “A stunning, even astonishing novel . . . marvelous and compelling.”—Publishers Weekly “Connie Ramos’s world is cuttingly real.”—Newsweek “Absorbing and exciting.”—The New York Times Book Review From the Trade Paperback edition.
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zembla
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I'm going to finish these four books for the #readharder2018 and #readingwomen2018 challenges. I only decided in October to take on these challenges, so I'm pleased at my progress!

Woman on the Edge of Time fulfills 3 tasks:
#readharder
3: A classic of genre fiction.
17: A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author.

#readingwomenchallenge
23: The book that has been on my TBR the longest. (Shelved as 'Want to Read' on GR in 2008!)

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Jeannie
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I started this book many years ago & didn‘t finish it because I was afraid of a bad ending. (I did this back then. Atlas Shrugged was another that I didn‘t finish due to fear of bad ending but later finished & liked it.) Back to this one...I liked the community in the future Connie was visiting as she seemed to have more connection with them than with most people in her time (1970s New York). Slow at times but worth it for some of the messages.

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GivenLemons
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A really compelling book that weaves together the horror of a 1970‘s mental institution and a beautiful future to create a novel I couldn‘t put down. #speculativefiction #scifi #feminism

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SpeculativeFemale
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What other #timetravel book could I possibly pick? 💙

#Sizzlinsummerreads @Tiffy_Reads

LeslieO I read this in college and I remember loving it. 2y
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Two part post, incoming!

First item: a monumental thank you to my old friend @MrBook for introducing me to the fabulous digital realm of Litsy. I have a hunch I'm going to feel quite at home here.

Second item: if I'm going to jump straight in here, I feel like I should start off with a recommendation. My college experience was shaped by many a book, but one that always shines bright in my memory is Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time.

MrBook OH MY GOOOOD! You're on!!! 😆😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!!!!! *big hug* 2y
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SpeculativeFemale How could I resist? My goodness, an entire social media site devoted to books... it's like a dream come true! 😁 2y
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TheBookAddict 🙌🏽 Welcome!!! It's always nice to see new people joining in on the fun on Litsy. Welcome and happy reading. Btw, you've made my TBR one book longer already. 😁 2y
MrBook 🙌🏻🙌🏻 I just announced your arrival, hope that's alright with you. And if it isn't, too late 😆! (edited) 2y
LectricSheep Hello! Is this the same Marge Piercy as the poet? I love her poetry, but I didn't know she also wrote novels?! 2y
SpeculativeFemale Yes, one and the same. I haven't actually read much of her poetry, but this just reminded me I wanted to add her one other novel (He, She, and It) to my #summerreadinglist. 2y
DebReads4fun Welcome to Litsy! 2y
TheKidUpstairs Welcome to Litsy! Hope you like it here! 2y
jencleoncio Awwww Welcome to Litsy! I am new here too 🙈🙈🙈 2y
SpeculativeFemale Thanks for all the welcomes, everyone! 2y
moranadatter Hi! Welcome to Litsy! 2y
kspenmoll Welcome & her poetry is wonderful too. Plus she lives on Cape Cod... 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I've seen this one recommended before (on the web somewhere) as an early 'feminist' novel. I haven't read it yet, so I can't verify its content, but I'm picking it up today at this sale price.

Anyone ever read this one?

CherylDeFranceschi Ooo. I think I'll pick it up, too! Thanks! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @CherylDeFranceschi You are welcome, fingers crossed it's good. 2y
StephanieMarie This was assigned reading for my university sociology class. It's about a woman who can see alternate futures but is labelled as insane. It definitely has feminist themes and I enjoyed it 😊 2y
Suet624 I read it years ago and liked it. 2y
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"We're called the Manhattan Project--that's a joke based on a group--"
"I know what the Manhattan Project did," Connie said with cold dignity. "What are you fixing to blow up? Just everything?"
"It's a rib, you see, because that was a turning point when technology became itself a threat.... Cause we're a mobilizing of inknowing resources--mental? We're the first time travelers fasure--not that I'm actually travelling anyplace!"

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Anyone else watching The OA? It's so different, so interesting! It reminded me of Piercy's amazing time-travel utopian Woman on the Edge of Time. Connect. Movement. Rebel. Escape. 🌙💫☄🌌🔸🌀

ReadingOver50 The OA? 2y
pitterpainter New Netflix series! :) @ReadingOver50 2y
Kleonard Two episodes into it! 2y
pitterpainter So good! 😊 @Kleonard 2y
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NicoleBurstein
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Just added to the TBR pile...

MrBook Ooh, I love speculative fiction! Welcome to @Litsy , by the way 😊👍🏻. 3y
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NicoleBurstein

Just added to the TBR pile...

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GemLThompson
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Finished this the other day. LOVED it so much, straight into my top ten books!
It's the story of a beaten down woman who sees the future and finds a way to fight back.
Re-released classic
Full review here http://www.thebookeaters.co.uk/woman-on-the-edge-of-time-by-marge-piercy/

GinaAnderson Sounds like my kind of book. 3y
Makatma I love Piercy's poetry, but I have yet to read one of her novels. I'll put it on my list! 3y
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GemLThompson
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Taking a short break from the edge of my seat whilst reading this! I want so much for it to all end well but will it???

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RedDonna
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One of the most memorable and affecting speculative novels I have ever had the pleasure to read. Piercy renders an incredibly appealing and idyllic future, contrasted with the life experiences of the main character, an older Latina woman in 20th century America. Is it real or is she insane? Read it!

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