Mailbox Monday July 4, 2011

In July Mailbox Monday is being hosted by A Sea of Books.

I didn't receive any books in the mail last week so I'm profiling a book I picked up at BEA in May. Published by Algonquin Books, It's When She Woke by Hillary Jordan. About this book (taken from the author's website):

Faith, love and sexuality have fallen prey to politics in this stunning creation of America in the near future, from the author whose international bestseller, Mudbound, so hauntingly recreated America’s past. Hannah Payne’s life has been devoted to church and family, but after her arrest, she awakens to a nightmare: she lies on a table in a mirrored room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home, for whom observing new “chromes”—criminals whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime— is a new and sinister form of reality TV. Hannah is a Red; her crime is murder. The victim, says the state of Texas, was her unborn child, and Hannah is determined to protect the identity of the father, a public figure with whom she shared a fierce and forbidden love. Inspired by The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke is a dark fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate a dystopian, theocratic America of the not-too-distant future, where convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated, but “chromed” and released back into the population to survive as best they can. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the moral authority of a country that politicizes the personal.


Mary on July 4, 2011 at 9:59 AM said...

I hope you enjoy it!

Sheila (Bookjourney) on July 4, 2011 at 10:14 AM said...

Hmmm... new one to me.... thanks for the synopsis :)

bermudaonion on July 4, 2011 at 11:43 AM said...

Hopefully you'll get some books this week since Canada Post is back to work.

Staci on July 4, 2011 at 10:55 PM said...

I hope this one is good...I've seen it all over the place!

Tribute Books Mama on July 5, 2011 at 12:55 PM said...

This sounds like a good read, enjoy!

Jennifer O. on July 11, 2011 at 4:02 PM said...

When She Woke is on my TBR list. I've been wanting to read it since I first heard the premise.

Congrats on getting it!


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