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Kingdom of Women

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In a slightly alternate near-future, women are forming vigilante groups to wreak vengeance on rapists, child abusers, and murderers of women. In the midst of this turmoil is Averil Parnell, the world’s first female Catholic priest. Averil seeks the quiet life of a scholar, but instead she’s caught up in an obsessive affair with a younger man and an unlikely friendship with ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Jaded Ibis Press
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Beth Castrodale
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Given the outpouring of stories about men who have taken advantage of their positions of power to sexually harass and abuse women, this novel is especially timely. In it, bands of vigilante women target rapists and other perpetrators of violent misogyny--perpetrators who have escaped punishment by the justice system.

Yet to the great credit of the book, its treatment of vengeance is far richer and more nuanced than this vigilantism suggests. That’s thanks to the central character, Averil Parnell
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fict-general
"'You don't look demented,' he said.
"'Thank you. That's reassuring.'"

Full disclosure: I've known the author for years. Indeed, I probably wouldn't have read this otherwise, as it's not really in my usual genres -- but knowing how smart she is, and how skilled with words, I was pretty sure this would be a good read. And indeed it was. I was perhaps a little put off by having a serial-killer/rapist as one of the most prominent male characters, and his relationship with another central character, b
Lynn Kanter
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In a near-future world very much like our own, Averil Parnell would have been among the first class of women to be ordained as Catholic priests. Instead, she is the world’s only female Catholic priest, and the lone survivor of the massacre of her sister seminarians by a man who hates women.

Across the U.S., women have grown so sick of male violence that they secede and create a country of their own, called Erda, in the now-depopulated North Dakota. Even as Averil struggles with unwelcome religio
Kristy Burmeister
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
How do women receive justice in an unjust world?

Averil (the first ordained female Catholic priest) and Catherine (an ex-military woman who has turned vigilante) take different routes throughout the decades-long narrative. They live in a time much like our own, where male predators often go unpunished. The difference between their world and ours being that groups of women have begun seeking justice on their own terms.

What most impacted me about this book is how real it is. There are no easy answ
Sep 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
Kingdom of Women by Rosalie Morales Kearns is a very interesting book. While I found it to have a couple of rather significant faults, and I didn't agree with all of its conclusions, it was also very thought-provoking and engenders a lot of thinking and discussion. There were some very weighty themes and questions explored therein. I want to call the novel dystopian fiction, as that's the feeling it gives when I read it, but most of the "dystopia" aspects are really just some current realit
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am humbled by this novel. The truth is the truth, and the unknown and uncertain is the unknown and uncertain.

I was fortunate enough to attend the same MFA program as Rosalie, and getting to know her and her work put me on a better path of discovery. I'm thrilled that she agreed to work with me for my 2018 Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant, where my project is trying to find new models of storytelling grounded in human flourishing. Reading this novel helps me along my path, and I am incredibly
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the premise of women revolting against the abusive men and male-dominated society and setting up their own nation is fascinating. This story and its timely elements captured my attention.
Key points/observations:
 The women who form a new society ultimately behave like men. Some of them become totalitarian and narrow, stubborn and aggressive, and defensive and irrational. While these behaviors or attitudes aren’t necessarily male or female, I wonder if the book intends a certain fatalism
Kurt Keefner
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stef-and-me
This novel has given my wife and me lots of opportunities for discussion, which is a major criterion of a good book for us. I'll let you read the other reviews for the synopsis. Let's talk about the themes here. Semi-big spoilers ahead. This is a book very much about religion. The heroine is the world's first female Catholic priest, and one of the major minor characters is a priest. The chapter titles are Latin phrases from the liturgy (I think). Each chapter is headed by a quote, 95% of which a ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
" If Catherine had believed in a god, perhaps she would have found comfort in the idea of an afterlife, the possibility of some arrangement by which each rapist, each woman killer would be punished not only for what he had done to his victims, but also the collateral damage he inflicted on every woman. The unease every woman, the background static formed by the knowledge that she too could become a victim at any time."

"They discovered they liked not having men around."

VERY interesting book.
Kathleen O'Nan
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was really moved by this book. Women band together to fight against the millennia of misogyny that have existed and wind up with a very different world indeed. While this world is not entirely to my liking, I think that it would eventually become a better one and, in the meantime, it's an improvement in many ways. I would recommend this to most of my women friends. ...more
Crooks Lucia
May 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I kept reading this book because at times it was interesting and enjoyable. Unfortunately, the plot is slow-moving and convoluted. The heavy use of religious themes, militant feminism, and pseudo-science did little to improve this story. Also, the Averil Parnell character was unlikable and weak.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-own
This was a really special book. It’s the kind of book I’d read through shelves of books just to find.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Broad. Sweeping. Brave. Pick this one up and get to know the people within it. Plus, it’s eerily timely.
Teresa Carbajal Ravet
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must-read, here's why >> https://medium.com/@tcravet/the-futur...
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Rosalie Morales Kearns, a writer of Puerto Rican and Pennsylvania Dutch descent, is the author of the novel Kingdom of Women, about a female Roman Catholic priest in an alternative near-future (Jaded Ibis Press, 2017). She’s also the author of the short story collection Virgins and Tricksters (Aqueous, 2012) and editor of the feminist short-story anthology The Female Complaint: Tales of ...more

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