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The Female Man

The Female Man

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Written by Joanna RussAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Joanna Russ

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
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  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • On Sale: March 17, 2000
  • Price: $16.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8070-6299-9 (0-8070-6299-5)
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Living in an altered past that never saw the end of the Great Depression, Jeannine, a librarian, is waiting to be married. Joanna lives in a different version of reality: she’s a 1970s feminist trying to succeed in a man’s world. Janet is from Whileaway, a utopian earth where only women exist. And Jael is a warrior with steel teeth and catlike retractable claws, from an earth with separate-and warring-female and male societies. When these four women meet, the results are startling, outrageous, and subversive.

“As hard and mean and fine as Flannery O’Connor. . . . I wish that everyone would read Joanna Russ’ books.” -Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina

“Joanna Russ offers a gallery of some of the most interesting female protagonists in current fiction, women who are rarely victims and sometimes even victors, but always engaged sharply and perceptively with their fate.” -Marge Piercy

“A stunning book, a work to be read with great respect. It’s also screamingly funny.” -Elizabeth Lynn, San Francisco Review of Books

“A work of frightening power, but it is also a work of great fictional subtlety. . . . It should appeal to all intelligent people who look for exciting ideation, crackling dialogue, provocative fictional games-playing in their reading.” -Douglas Barbour, Toronto Star