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From the award-winning author of Wonder Valley and Visitation Street comes a serial killer story like you’ve never seen before—a literary thriller of female empowerment and social change

In West Adams, a rapidly changing part of South Los Angeles, they’re referred to as “these women.”These women on the corner …These women in the club … These women who won’t stop asking
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2020 by Ecco
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    karen
    i will be reviewing this for l.a. review of books!!!
    Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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    If you can’t tell from the timing of this review in relation to the publication date and the placeholder “review” below, apparently begging sometimes works. After reading both Visitation Street and Wonder Valley I was all over this request like stink on shit. I absolutely did not need a blurb, but I loved the one provided . . . . .

    A serial killer story like you've never seen before.

    This is a serial killer story – one that takes
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    OutlawPoet
    Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    If I had to reduce this book to two words, they would be: grief and rage.

    This is one of those books that tears into you and doesn’t let you go – even after you read the last page.

    These Women is about the women people whisper about and scoff at. It’s about the women who die in a filthy alley and instead of caring, the police and the press and the neighbors all look down their noses at the corpse saying, “But the way she lived…”.

    It’s the addicts and the sex workers and the women who simply die for
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    Tammy
    Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Janice Lombardo
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Dorian's daughter was murdered 15 years ago. Her initial rage has simmered. She tells herself that her daughter, Lecia, wasn't "one of those women". Yet, to ease her mind, she helps out prostitutes by feeding them from her popular fish place and talking with the girls. This all in the ghetto area of Los Angeles.

    A (copycat?) serial prostitute killer from 1999 is once, again, committing murder. Dorian collects dead birds left for her and brings them to the police. Esmeralda, a police woman, takes
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    Bonnie Brody
    This novel has a lot of potential but I was never able to feel emotionally involved with the characters. There was no sense of immediacy or intimacy with any of them. I was interested in 'the life' of addicts, street walkers, strippers, dancers, and their family members but the depth of characterization was never deep enough to thoroughly draw me in.

    The background of Los Angeles and its ambiance was the strongest characterization in the book. I got a real feeling for the history of the
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    Mary
    Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Unpopular opinion alert!

    Thank you, Netgalley and Harper Collins Publishers, for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book. It has clearly charmed the hearts of many, but not this reader.

    “These women on the corner … These women in the club … These women who won’t stop asking questions … These women who got what they deserved …”

    In her new novel, Pochoda shines a spotlight on a career not often set as a primary focus in modern fiction: prostitution. “These women” who make up her story
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    Gloria
    A seedy but changing neighborhood in Los Angeles is home to five women, unknowingly linked to one man, who live their lives on the margins of society. Strippers and dancers, mothers and daughters, each tells their gritty unflinching tale of perpetual poverty and life on the street. When more than one young woman is brutally murdered, a petite and mildly disgraced, gum- chewing Latina police detective pieces together the clues that reveal a fifteen year trail of death. No one listens to her. No ...more
    Teresa
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of These Women by Ivy Pochoda.

    Wow, 2020 is cranking out some good ones already! I was blown away with this one, between all of the different voices and personalities, to how the author was able to connect them all, and then tie together one giant mystery. This was a very stunning and worthwhile read.

    Dorian is perplexed by all of the dead birds being left outside of her home, as well as her place of business. So much so that she takes the evidence to a cop who
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    Joy Clark
    Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019, netgalley-arc
    So, so good. "These women" refers to sex-workers, seventeen of whom are killed at two time points by presumably the same man, but the book is about more than that. The story is told through the stories of six women, one who survived an attack, two mothers of the murdered women, a detective, etc. It's about violence against women, but it's also about the women who fight for those without a voice. It's about the women that are fighting back, each in their own way. I hesitate to call the writing ...more
    Bonnie Brody
    Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
    This novel has a lot of potential but I was never able to feel emotionally involved with the characters. There was no sense of immediacy or intimacy with any of them. I was interested in 'the life' of addicts, street walkers, strippers, dancers, and their family members but the depth of characterization was never deep enough to thoroughly draw me in.

    The background of Los Angeles and its ambiance was the strongest characterization in the book. I got a real feeling for the history of the
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    Ari
    Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    I was fortunate enough to have received an advanced copy.

    These Women is not a pleasantread, but it is a fantastic one. It is a serial killer story, but at its core These Women examines girls trying to survive in a world not meant for girls. It champions the voices and value of every girl and woman in a society hellbent on silencing, ignoring, devaluing, and dehumanizing them. Also critical here: most of the protagonists are women of color; the victims are all woman of color and sex workers.
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    Kiley
    Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is a fantastic book. I wanted simultaneously to read more quickly (to find out what happened) and more slowly (to savor the writing and descriptions). It is a neat inversion of the serial killer genre, one that puts the focus squarely on the victims. I felt for every one of these women, and each one felt fully realized. I would have read a full book on each of them alone.
    Mainlinebooker
    Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: literary-fiction
    Once in a while, if you are lucky, a novel comes along that leaves you breathless and stunned. Pochoda's book threw me down a whirlpool sucking me under . Using descriptive street language ,the author explores the life of five different women who live in southwestern LA, a section known as "the corner." These very different women tell their individual stories in very explicit visual language but have the commonality of living through past and current violence . They are judged by police and the ...more
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    Ivy Pochoda is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Visitation Street published by Ecco / Dennis Lehane Books. Visitation Street was chosen as an Amazon Best Book of the Month, Amazon Best Book of 2013, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Huffington Post, ...more
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