From Marissa at Grass Roots Books & Music in Corvallis, OR, originally posted on nwbooklovers on April 11, 2018:
In Zumas’s all-too-familiar dystopia set in a small Oregon coastal town, Roe v. Wade has been overturned. The narrative explores the complexity of childbearing — both the desire for and not for — and the reduction of a woman’s identity to such choices, braiding together the perspectives of a pregnant teen, a single teacher who dreams of motherhood, a skilled herbalist and gynecologist, and an overburdened wife and mother of two. But Zumas’s characters are sharp-witted, funny, and fully realized in raw, lyrical prose — in other words, anything but reductive. Highly recommended for book groups.
This week, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Executive Director, Brian Juenemann wrote:
Let’s put this NW force back on our Bestseller List! This book is amazing. It was haunting when just an “abstract” consideration. And now—jack it up a few notches.