When She Woke

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Algonquin Books, 2012 - Fiction - 354 pages
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Bellwether Prize winner Hillary Jordan's provocative new novel, When She Woke, tells the story of a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed—their skin color is genetically altered to match the class of their crimes—and then released back into the population to survive as best they can. Hannah is a Red; her crime is murder.

In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a path of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith.


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User Review  - UberButter - LibraryThing

Even though I have not read The Scarlet Letter yet, it is fairly obvious that When She Woke is the retelling of that story in futuristic terms. In a time where church has more authority than ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karin7 - LibraryThing

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan 2 stars (tears streaming down my eyes, figuratively speaking, since I liked Mudbound so much better) Perhaps I have read too many dystopian novels, perhaps I was ... Read full review

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Two Penitence
Three The Magic Circle
Four The Wilderness
Five Transfiguration
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Hillary Jordan’s first novel, Mudbound, was the winner of the 2006 Bellwether Prize for fiction and an Alex Award from the American Library Association. It was named the NAIBA Fiction Book of the Year and one of the Top Ten Debut Novels of the Decade by Paste magazine. Jordan grew up in Dallas, Texas, and Muskogee, Oklahoma. She lives in New York City. Find her online at www.hillaryjordan.com.

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