Woman on the Edge of Time

A Novel
Narrated by: Tanya Eby
Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
4 out of 5 stars (116 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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Great story, needed a narrator who actually speaks Spanish

I loved the story. Made me think about and re-evaluate a lot about how and why we do things as humans. Would have benefitted greatly from a narrator who actually speaks Spanish, as the narrators horrible pronunciation was very distracting. Saying this as a fluent Spanish speaker

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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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Just not my cup of tea

This story is definitely interesting, but it was super weird...the plot was off for me. It is well written, just too different for my taste!

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Eerily ahead of her time

I have been a fan of Marge Piercy since 1977. Previously her poetry was my favorite but this is a great read. Read it for a book club. I found many meaty points for discussion. I thoroughly enjoyed this provocative book reminiscent of ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest ‘ from a feminist viewpoint with a definite sci-fi 70’s Utopian flavor.

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Dense & Abstract

Woman on the Edge of Time is ambitious, challenging, prophetic, and chilling.

As a Hispanic first-generation male born and raised in Manhattan, it was often difficult for me to read; partly due to my own biases and social hardening. Themes I would have agreed with much more easily during my youth, were suddenly tough for me to consume and invited introspection and self-reflection on my end.

Marge Piercy demonstrates a remarkable feat of foresight and sensibility. Juggling challenging beliefs on feminism, mental health, social constructs, and race with poise and nobility.

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The story would have benefited greatly had the narrator been of Hispanic descent, regardless of this the narrator avails.

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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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