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Hailed as a classic of speculative fiction, Marge Piercy's landmark novel is a transformative vision of two futures - and what it takes to will one or the other into reality. Harrowing and prescient, Woman on the Edge of Time speaks to a new generation on whom these choices weigh more heavily than ever before.

Connie Ramos is a Mexican American woman living on the streets of New York. Once ambitious and proud, she has lost her child, her husband, her dignity - and now they want to take her sanity. After being unjustly committed to a mental institution, Connie is contacted by an envoy from the year 2137, who shows her a time of sexual and racial equality, environmental purity, and unprecedented self-actualization. But Connie also bears witness to another potential outcome: a society of grotesque exploitation, in which the barrier between person and commodity has finally been eroded. One will become our world. And Connie herself may strike the decisive blow.

©1976 Marge Piercy (P)2016 Tantor

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"Absorbing and exciting." ( New York Times)

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Excellent, great voices, compelling story

Loved it, narration was great. Each character had their own voice. Engaging and important story.

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awesome story!

I loved the story. As a Latina woman, it kinda bothered me that the narrator could not properly pronounce the Spanish sayings. Connie very clearly identified with her hispanic culture and it would have been nice if the sayings weren't butchered.

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  • riverdoc
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  • 10-08-18

totally engaging

I live this book as much as when I read it in the 80's. loved listening

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Hippy sh*t

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

What you would expect a free love eco feminist to write. It doesn't really resonate with me in the slightest and sometimes reads like a porno romance novel. Some of the science fiction aspects are interesting and the breaking of social dogma from this era was cool too. I just didn't really enjoy it as much as I thought I would have.

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It's Alright We Told You What to Dream!

What a great concept piece especially since I work in the mental health profession and love this genre which got turned on it's back with the dystopian present. I look around the rooms and streets and stores, work, home and libraries and there is no one left to talk to because everyone is distracted by the augmented reality of their iPhones and the million other distractions that take us away from the ugly reality that skating on the thin ice of modern life can be almost unbearable at times. I hate to criticize but I have a real long queue of books which I might have to pause entirely for a year if all goes well, so I would appreciate a hint of concision and editing.

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