Vox by Christina Dalcher
This week was very trying for me. It was just one of THOSE WEEKS. No one specific point of crap, but enough small stuff to take its toll. Which is also why I’ve been a little quiet on here - and definitely why I’m behind on things.
BUT NOW ITS THE WEEKEND. I’m ready to shake it all off and get in some much needed rest and relaxation, as well as get myself caught up.
First things first: THIS BOOK. Thank you @berkleypub for the advanced copy. ❌
Both @prose_and_palate and I both blew through this one like maniacs this week, while simultaneously chatting about how crazy this book is - and how terrifying. The premise of the book is based on a core of religious fanatics who believe the world would be a better place if we could turn back time and have old-school traditional roles of men and women reinstated - more specifically, that women go back to staying in the home and keeping house, raising children and keeping their mouths shut.
Christina Dalcher wrote something really incredible with this book - the premise of this isn't based on hysteria or terrorism - it's based on taking a highly controversial position, politicizing it, and then slowly beginning to infect the masses with it, bit by bit, from all angles, while using the media to normalize the process.
This is going to be a HIGHLY polarizing book - but is also going to be a great catalyst for conversation about how quickly radicalized politics can spread and take hold. I absolutely loved this - as painful as it was to read sometimes (in a good way), as I just couldn’t imagine being forced into such a constrained life. This book is out August 21st - stay tuned for a detailed review closer to that date. ❌
On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than one hundred words per day, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial. This can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her.
This is just the beginning...
Soon women are not permitted to hold jobs. Girls are not taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words each day, but now women have only one hundred to make themselves heard. .
...not the end.
For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.