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The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri S. Tepper
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Dec 06, 08

really liked it

This was the third book for Off the Map; my friend Jess chose it. I enjoyed it a lot. I'm not usually a sci-fi reader and I hate apocalyptic stories but I liked this story; all women live together, separated from the warrior men, after some sort of nuclear ending of the world (the "convulsion").

It's interesting how the author compares/contrasts what's happened to these women to the women of Troy after the Trojan War; the protagonist drifts back and forth between her past and her present; in her present she is preparing for a role in the annual production of a play about the Trojan women. I liked this less than the story of her growing up.

There's a twist at the end that I didn't see coming and that was refreshing b/c I hate it when I see it coming. And, in the end, I was glad I was exposed to this female sci-fi writer. I'm looking forward to reading another of her books next year.
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