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Commune of Women

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  308 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
On an ordinary Los Angeles morning, six unrelated women converge on Los Angeles International Airport. A hornet's nest of chaos ensues, and the women find their survival depends on their ability to navigate a web of interpersonal and cultural conflict. Sophia, adept at the arts of survival, who takes the lead; Pearl, an ancient bag lady whose wisdom becomes guidance; Erika ...more
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Published July 13th 2011 by Fiction Studio
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Pen
Nov 06, 2011 Pen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The plot of this book intrigued me but alas the author could not carry a great idea through the book. I found the writing to be very poor and considerably confusing. The author seemed to have missed telling us significant bits of information, often leaving me wondering "how did we get here" or "where did that come from". Whilst the characters were all quite interesting, the author spend excessive amounts of words telling parts of their story that had no real significance and I ended up skipping ...more
Louise
Aug 10, 2011 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Story Description:

On an ordinary Los Angeles morning, six unrelated women converge on Los Angeles International Airport. A hornet’s nest of chaos ensues, and the women find their survival depends on their ability to navigate a web of interpersonal and cultural conflict.

Sophia, adept at the arts of survival, who takes the lead;
Pearl, an ancient bag lady whose wisdom becomes guidance;
Erika, a top executive whose business trip is cut short by a bullet wound;
Heddi, a Jungian analyst who must use
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Crystal
Sep 18, 2011 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found Commune of Women to be a fascinating look at what could happen if 5 women were stuck together in a room under harsh circumstances for 4 days. What would they do? How would they react? Could they break through their differences and see each other as equal women? Ms. Still examines all of these questions and more in Commune of Women.

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Yes there were a few time I felt a little lag, but then the story would pick up again. I would have to put it
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Joemmama
Aug 29, 2011 Joemmama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Commune of Women" is a character study of a diverse group of women, forced together by an unexpected, horrible event.

When terrorists take over LAX, killing many in their wake, 6 women find themselves in an employee break room, using a snack machine to block the door. Erica, a business woman is injured, Heddi, a Jungian analyst, feels it is her job to take charge, Pearl, an elderly bag lady, just wanted a nap, Betty, a patient of Heddi, is a sad housewife, having driven her family away, Ondine i
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Kim
Nov 18, 2011 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated the idea of the developing each character but the way it was written was a bit distracting and after each character was developed the end of the story wrapped up quickly with no real sense as to why the story was written in the first place. Skimmed alot of places just to get through it.
Erin
Apr 15, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
The plot makes the book seem like it will be part thriller, part biopic of these woman, but it's really just the story of a group of women sharing the stories of their mostly sad lives. Slow and eye-rolling. If I didn't have a personal conviction to finish every book I start, I would have put it down long ago.
Marilyn
Jan 24, 2012 Marilyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot of this book had potential to be a blockbuster but the prose was clumsy and the characters were one-dimensional. I skimmed more than I read to get the end. The beginning and the ending were good. Perhaps a better editor could have helped to smooth out the rough spots in the middle.
Rebecca
Apr 06, 2012 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horribly written, terribly unrealistic, and such a terrible book that I gave up trying to finish reading it. Do not waste your time, energy or money on this title.
Heavensent1
Commune of Women is a dramatic thriller.

Seven women have been drawn into a web of terrorism as each of them arrive at Los Angeles International Airport.

Heddie is a psycho-analyst who is traveling with one of her patients to pick up another from the airport. She is calm, cool, collected and has been raised with a silver spoon in her mouth or so she wants everyone to believe.

Sophia is a natural born leader. She is strong, caring, compassionate and knowledgeable. She carries with her demons from h
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Who would have thought that an unplanned, unexpected event would unite six, very different women from all walks of life and bind them together forever?

When a group of extreme terrorists take over the international terminal at LAX, gunfire erupts, killing random people, from the oldest to the youngest without so much as a thought for their welfare. As bodies begin to pile up where they once stood and in some cases ran for cover, a group of women find themselves locked behind the shelter of an emp
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Karielle
Aug 24, 2011 Karielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
Commune of Women by Suzan Still
Release Date: July 16th, 2011
Publisher: The Fiction Studio
Page Count: 380
Source: From author, via Pump Up Your Book, for review, as part of the virtual blog tour

On an ordinary Los Angeles morning, six unrelated women converge on Los Angeles International Airport. A hornet's nest of chaos ensues, and the women find their survival depends on their ability to navigate a web of interpersonal and cultural conflict.
Sophia, adept at the arts of survival, who takes the lea
...more
Julie
Aug 12, 2011 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-books
Six women embark on Los Angeles International Airport for various reasons ~ some arriving, some preparing to depart, some just passing through. None are expecting the chaos and horror that ensues when a terrorist group sweeps through the terminal, shooting everyone and everything in sight. Each woman finds herself thrust into a small break room for airport workers, and there they stay for four days as they wait to learn their fate.

In Commune of Women, Suzan Still delves into the psyche of women
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Wendy Hines
Jan 14, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Six women, on a normal morning at LAX airport, each have their own agendas and thoughts running through their minds when chaos erupts. Gunshots ring out and people are running everywhere, with many falling as they die. An obscure door, a break room for employees, becomes a sanctuary for some running for their lives.


After the initial pile-up of bodies at the door, a few women help sort them out and Sophia, a large woman, takes charge. They immediately move a vending machine in front of the door
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Holly
Dec 16, 2011 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DESCRIPTION
Seven women from all walks of life become trapped for several days during a terrorist attack at LAX. Cut off from all outside communication and not knowing how or if they will be rescued, they resort to sharing personal stories as a means to distract themselves from succumbing to their fears.


CONCEPT/PLOT - 5 stars
There are a lot of layers to this book, the topmost layer being that we all have things in common, even if cannot see these commonalities at first.

Between the seven women, v
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SenoraG
Sep 05, 2011 SenoraG rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy books that not only tell a good story but take us deep into the minds, thoughts and lives of the characters in the story. A Commune of Women takes us on that journey. Seven women who could not be any different are tossed together under extremely dire circumstances and must find a way to endure by working together to survive. Can you imagine being locked in a fairly small room with six other strangers, sharing food, water, trying to help the woman who is injured and not think about the ch ...more
Alexia561
Aug 06, 2011 Alexia561 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, review-copy
This was a tough book to read at times, as I found myself wondering how I would react in a similar situation. Different women, from different walks of life, find themselves trapped in a small break room after a terrorist attack at the Los Angeles International Airport. We meet them as they arrive at the airport and watch as they find sanctuary in the break room, then try to survive.

There is Sophia, a strong "mountain woman" who takes charge and whose medical training comes in handy. Pearl, an ol
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Cheryl
Sep 08, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erika is in a hurry. She is on her way to catch an airplane to Berlin. At first glance, you would never expect that Betty, a housewife is having a mental breakdown. That is why she is receiving professional help from a Jungian analyst named Heiddi. Pearl runs a cart. Recently, Pearl has lost her prime location spot and is looking for a new area. A friend tells Pearl that she should set up her cart at the LAX airport. Ondine’s plane makes a stop at the LAX airport. Sophia’s bus to Pasadena does n ...more
Patricia
Jan 28, 2012 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
I started this book before Christmas and then set it aside in the holiday rush. When I learned the author was going to be reading and talking about the book at an event close by, I picked it up again. I hadn't quite finished the book when I went to the reading.

For me, the book took on much greater depth after I heard the author read. She gave voice to the female characters in a way I didn't quite get reading it on the page. The book is extremely cerebral and yet these women are personalities, al
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Cheryl
One seemingly normal day at the airport turns into a not so normal event. Chaos and gunfire at the airport causes six women to run for cover to the breakroom of the LAX airport. Two of the women are wounded. The women all come together and end up telling stories of their lives in the midst of all of the things going on.

I liked that Suzan Still defined each character by putting their name as a header while they tell their story. You will go from one character to the next as you listen to their st
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Betty
Oct 12, 2011 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review-copy
The seven women trapped inside LAX airport because of a terrorist attack could not be any more different from each other. One is a frumpy fat housewife. Another is a world traveler in designer clothes. There's a homeless bag lady. A mysterious woman, huge in size, takes on the leadership role naturally. However, a psychologist feels she should be the leader because she's the one with the education.

The psychologist knows the best way to keep the women from panicking is to have them tell stories
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Alison
Jul 11, 2014 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an extremely interesting novel about 6 very diverse women, Heddi, a Jungian analyst, Betty a housewife, Ondine an artist (both Betty and Ondine are patients of Heddi's ) then there is, Sophia, a rugged and savvy mountain woman, Erika, a top-level executive, and Pearl an elderly bag woman.
They are all trapped in the Los Angeles airport, in a small employee break room where they all managed to flee after a group of terrorist entered the airport and started shooting at people, barricading
...more
Seawood
Dec 23, 2011 Seawood rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kindle
This is a hard one to review. The writer is *very* good at descriptive passages, at creating scenes and at creating characters you want to know more about even if they're not very likeable. That's quite a gift. The level of tension was good. To be honest I'd like to have seen it develop more - whilst the plot was interesting it just wasn't long enough to be entirely satisfying in the way of, say, an airport thriller (no pun intended). However, I do think she went a bit overboard with the "write ...more
Sandi
Nov 30, 2011 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a story of eight women caught in the midst of a terrifying ordeal. It's first-person narrative switches back and forth between the 8 characters and there is a time or two where this can get confusing. Overall, the author does a pretty good job in helping us understand the motivations of the different characters. By the end of the book, you can easily see the growth in each person, and you feel as though you can carry on each of their stories without the author's help, which is oddly sati ...more
Beth
Jul 31, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I will read almost anything. This turned out to be far more interesting than I thought at first. Unfortunately it seemed to just stop. The ending was a bit muddled, it was hard to tell who lived and who died and why/how.

I did enjoy the interaction of the women in their difficult circumstance and the ability to see what brought them to where they were in their lives, the story should have been a bit longer in order to finish meshing the story lines toge
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Mary
Nov 29, 2011 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book, telling stories first person of six or seven women. It was too upsetting in the end. The graphic last story really stuck with me and disturbed me. I think the women who were trapped together should have developed some kind of relationships. This was a hole in the work for me--in that intense environment, there would be more interaction than a group therapy session. They took on roles, one the healer, one the therapist, one a food organizer...but how did they feel about each oth ...more
Tina
May 23, 2012 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-impressed
The setting for the plot was intriguing, although a bit far fetched in the way the circumstances worked out. In my humble opinion, the author bailed out of developing the plot and the characters half-way through the book. The more I read of it, the less I enjoyed it - it just seemed too unrealistically overblown and over dramatized in some parts, while not exploring the gravity of the situation seriously enough in others. The story flow was quite choppy - not so much due to the different story l ...more
Jamie Archer
Nov 12, 2011 Jamie Archer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I thought this was a very interesting premise, and makes for a great first draft, but felt that there was something missing. As much as the author does take us to certain levels of depth with the women, I felt that there was an even greater development of depth that could have been pursued. Normally I like the narrative being split between different voices, but in this book, it just made for a very disjointed piece of writing.
Kasia Hubbard
Dec 20, 2011 Kasia Hubbard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic read about seven different women and their point of view during an attack on an airport. One is a terrorist while the other six are victims of the attack. The story is told from each person's point of view, which is quite a feat to pull off. Amazing how one can look at each of these characters and feel something, whether a likeness or understanding of their plight and struggle to survive. An amazing story!
Bill Thibadeau
The author employed a rather odd method of telling her story. We had seven different women in the commune and we had to read their individual interpretations of the storyline. I found that tedious. Some of the chapters (which were each about a single woman) were so boring that I simply went on to the next "chapter". My personal opinion is that the author wanted to write about her personal analyses and observations of how people interact. Sorry but this was not for me.
Angie Callahan
Nov 17, 2012 Angie Callahan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I got this book on a Nook Free Friday. It was much better than I thought it would be. 6 women from different walks of life are thrown together at LAX during a terrorist attack. The story details each of their lives as well as how they all come together to help each other get through. Great character development and interesting story. Definitely worth reading.
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