Waiting on Wednesday: When She Woke

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Yara's Pick:

When She Woke
Pages: 352 pgs
Reading Level: Adult
Release Date: October 4th 2011
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Summary: (from goodreads) 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.

Just read the blurb if you are a adult and tell me it doesn't capture you. I was able to get a copy at BEA, so look for the review around publication time. How simple is that cover but real I see so much depth in it.


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  2. It sounds intriguing, it did capture me!
    My WoW

  3. Yes, I was completely pulled in by that! Now I have to read it!

  4. It sure does capture me! Pretty powerful!

    My WoW for the week.

  5. I've never heard of this one!! Thanks for bringing it to my attention chick!!

  6. All I can say is wow. And the cover is simple but says alot.
    Really great pick!!!


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