Books · Gender

Ticking my boxes

Year of WondersYear of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved reading this because

I’ve known the story since I was very small & been to the place
The protagonist is a poor woman
The most heroic character is a liberated woman
The most courageous characters are all women
The author celebrates the lore and spirituality of cunning women
The author celebrates love, loyalty and friendship between women
The author celebrates communalist values and mutual care
The author takes witch-hunting to task as a masculist power-grab
The author takes Puritanism to task
The author takes sanctimonious men to task
The author takes abusive men to task, with nuance
The author takes the parasitic rich & powerful class to task, mercilessly
The author takes unjust law to task
The author takes the denigration of sex workers to task
The author shows us women taking on injustice and male indifference with above-and-beyond determination
The author shows us women taking sexual initiative
The author shows us fulfilling childless husbandless lives for women.
The author throws open the hardness and darkness of the truth-based story with a beautiful, fanciful redemptive ending full of love and light, simultaneously taking racist white Christian history to task.

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