The Power by Naomi Alderman

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The Power by Naomi Alderman

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Julie’s Pick: The Powerby Naomi Alderman. This book won the Man Booker and is one of Obama’s favorite books of 2017. More importantly – it’s brilliant. The world is torn asunder when young girls suddenly acquire the ability to control electricity and to awaken that power in older women. What happens to society when women become a physically unstoppable force? How do men try to clutch the dying breath of patriarchy? Who makes history and who records that history? To be transparent, I’m only halfway through this novel, but am looking forward to my lunch break so I can dive back in. This alternate reality speaks to the horrors of a current (persistent) patriarchal society, but, more so, speaks to the strength of the people working to dismantle and redefine that power.

About the book: In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, The Power is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.

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