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Tales from the Town of Widows by James Cañón
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Apr 06, 12

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Read in July, 2009

In the little town of Mariquita, disaster has struck. Guerrillas recruiting for their army have taken away all the males over the age of 12. The women mourn and grieve their bereaved state. But the solutions they come up with to deal with the crisis of no-man’s-land give them hope and a fierce state of independence. Then the men return…

This novel could be seen as a precursor to Charlotte Perkin Gilman’s novel “Herland”. Here we get to see the struggle these women make of dealing in a town where all the eligible men have gone. Greed, sexual duplicity and murder run rampant before the women come to solutions that allow them to live in harmony. It’s fascinating to read this and makes the case for living without the opposite sex a far more feasible one than Gilman’s radical novel ever did.
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