Woman on the Edge of Time Mass Market Paperback – Nov 12 1985
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“This is one of those rare novels that leave us different people at the end than we were at the beginning. Whether you are reading Marge Piercy’s great work again or for the first time, it will remind you that we are creating the future with every choice we make.”—Gloria Steinem
“An ambitious, unusual novel about the possibilities for moral courage in contemporary society.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A stunning, even astonishing novel . . . marvelous and compelling.”—Publishers Weekly
“Connie Ramos’s world is cuttingly real.”—Newsweek
“Absorbing and exciting.”—The New York Times Book Review
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About the Author
Marge Piercy has written seventeen novels including the New York Times bestseller Gone to Soldiers, the national bestsellers Braided Lives and The Longings of Women, and the classic Woman on the Edge of Time, as well as He, She and It and Sex Wars; nineteen volumes of poetry including The Hunger Moon: New and Selected Poems 1980–2010, The Crooked Inheritance, and Made in Detroit; and the critically acclaimed memoir Sleeping with Cats. Born in center city Detroit, educated at the University of Michigan and Northwestern, and the recipient of four honorary doctorates, Piercy is active in antiwar, feminist, and environmental causes.
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In this novel, Consuelo (Connie) has an abusive family who imprison her in a mental hospital. She is treated with incredible brutality, her life is discounted to the level of dumpster garbage. But Connie is far from insane--despite the fact she thinks she can time-travel.
Connie visits Massapoisset, Massachusetts in the future via a kind of mental holographic sending-receiving abilities of a local resident there, Luciente. Life in the future is idyllic, though not perfect, and Connie develops relationships with people in the Cape Cod village. But life in the mental ward becomes increasingly dangerous. Connie has to make some difficult choices to survive.
What I like best about this novel, in addition to the style which is nearly perfect, is that there are levels to the story. If you look at the events in one light, you could come to an entirely different conclusion about Connie's sanity.
I absolutely recommend you read this book--and I am putting it on my "100 best American Novels" list. If you like Margaret Atwood ("Handmaid's Tale) you will likely enjoy "Woman on the Edge of Time."
I'm not doing Ms. Piercy's book justice; there aren't any words to describe how profoundly meaningful this book is about those universal themes.
As for the plot, Connie Ramos is in her mid-30s, has had mental problems in the past, had her daughter taken away from her due to Connie's having gone through a rough patch in her life (her partner died and no one cared about it but her; she acted out and did drugs, which caused her to mistreat her daughter). No one seems to care about Connie; she's lost her looks, she has no money, and even her favorite people mostly just ignore her.
What astonishes me about Connie and her plight is that she is intelligent. She had some college, yet no one that deals with her ever considers her intelligent _or_ educated. And that's stupid; really, why didn't her welfare caseworker say, "Oh, Connie, you have a year or two of college. Would you like to be re-trained?" In real life, this might have happened.
However, this _is_ a fable; that can be overlooked. Besides, the social services in the 1970s in New York were terrible; they rivaled the situation that New York faces today after the terrorist attacks. There are too many people; it's very easy to get lost in the cracks. So this isn't a plot hole at all; it's a statement about how good people often get downtrodden through no fault of their own.Read more ›
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I could NOT put this one down from page one. "Woman on the Edge of Time" is a heartrending novel, written with exceptional skill by Marge Piercy, a celebrated American author who... Read morePublished on May 30 2003 by Joanna D.
Woman on the Edge of Time is hailed as a treasure of feminist literature. It is also classified as a science fiction novel. Piercy lets readers down in both respects. Read morePublished on April 6 2003
I'm not normally a fan of science fiction, but Marge Piercy manages to create life-like characters and not get lost in too many technical details. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2003
A friend of mine whose opinion I absolutely trust recommended this book to me. What I found fascinating was not the book, but the way two serious readers can view a book so... Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2002 by Amazon Customer
I discovered this book through an another customer's amazon list of great sci-fi, what a find. A woman shifts between her world and the year 2137 when people have found more... Read morePublished on May 3 2002 by Gail Moore
I read this in a Women's Lit course while in college. Almost 10 years later, this remains one of my favorite books. Read morePublished on March 25 2002 by Michelle Benjamin
I loved this book for its futuristic visionary images of what the world could be like if we choose it. Read morePublished on March 17 2002 by Breezes@spiritandsoul.i-p.com
This is the story of a woman that travels into the future... and is dismissed as crazy because of her race, poverty, and her claims of a feminist, hopeful, future. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2002 by Miss D. AwesomePants