Saturday, May 27, 2017

If you enjoyed The Hand Maid's Tale...

Might I suggest you take a look at Women's Work by Kari Aguila.  The setting is the future, and focused on women and how the world will work.  Can women running the world make it better or will they fall to the same follies as the men before them??  Only time will tell.


Blurb

"So when most of the men were dead, women saw their chance to take over?" Kate searches her son's eyes as he asks this. "Not take over," she says. "Fix things." It wasn't hard to justify what the women had done since the end of the Last War. They rebuilt their bombed-out neighborhoods as best they could and tried to establish peace and gender equality. But small groups of men roam the country, viciously indicating that the pendulum may have swung too far. When a bedraggled man shows up on Kate's doorstep one night, will she risk everything to help him? Does he deserve her help?

Women's Work is set in a dystopic world in the Pacific Northwest, where women struggle to survive through sustenance farming, clever engineering, and a deeply rooted sisterhood. Kate and her family are led through a journey from anger and fear to forgiveness and hope. It is a compelling story that challenges all of us to question traditional gender roles and to confront the fragility of love.




WOMEN’S WORK
Kari Aguila

Would anything change if women ruled the world?

It wasn’t hard to justify what the women had done since the end of the Last War. They rebuilt their bombed-out neighborhoods as best they could and worked to established peace and equality. But small groups of men roam the country, viciously indicating that the pendulum may have swung too far. When a man shows up on Kate’s porch one night, gaunt and filthy, will she risk everything to save him? Does he deserve her help?

Women's Work is a dystopian look at feminism, where women struggle for survival through sustenance farming, clever engineering, and a deeply rooted sisterhood. This compelling story is highly relevant to modern gender issues, and reminds us of the dangers of separating any group of people from society. It’s a subtle yet suspenseful love story that will leave you breathless! 

Besides the pulse-quickening romance between Kate and Michael, readers and reviewers will be thrilled to discuss the underlying theme that it is easy to turn one group against another and make them into "the others", all the while espousing the ideas of fairness and compassion. Follow Kate and Michael on their morally complex journey in this thriller that is sure to spark conversations among families, friends and book clubs!



5 Stars!  "Women's Work is empowering and exhilarating. Aguila is a pioneer for crafting such an overdue and particularly necessary contribution for readers everywhere."
-The San Francisco Book Review

5 Stars!  Winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award “If the purpose of WOMEN'S WORK is to make a reader think, Aguila has achieved this."
- Indie Reader

“Aguila didn't even miss a beat. "Women's Work" is almost immediately engaging…”
- The Baton Rouge Advocate

"...Beautiful and terrifying all at once... Starts methodically and the tension builds with each page, with characters and a story that lingers. At times it's impossible to put the book down."
-The S-P Review




WOMEN’S WORK
Excerpt

Michael sits on the stool, his feet resting lightly on the floor. Kate steps behind him and shakes the sheet open. She wraps it around his neck, clipping it behind him to keep hair from falling on his clothes, and lifts the comb and scissors off the counter behind her. She pauses, studying the back of his head, trying to focus on the job at hand. His hair falls just above his shoulders, tangled and uneven, and she pauses before she begins.
“How short do you want it?” she asks.
“Not too short,” he replies. “Whatever you think is best. Anything would be an improvement.”
They both smile, and Michael gives a small nervous laugh that is cut short when Kate runs her right hand along the side of his head, her fingertips brushing the top of his ear as she combs through his damp hair with her fingers. She slowly lifts her hand to the top of his head and drags her fingers over his scalp from the top of his forehead all the way to the base of his neck.
Michael closes his eyes as Kate touches him, and the muscles in his neck begin to release. She can feel the warmth of his body in front of her, and has to struggle against the urge to lean into him.
Kate pulls the comb through his hair and pinches a section between two of her fingers as she makes the first snip. When she has worked her way around the right side of his head, she steps behind him and starts again at the back. She works slowly, trying to savor the closeness, this justifiable reason to be touching him. Long locks of soft brown waves drop down to the floor below.
She moves her body to his left side as she cuts, her arms raised to hold the tools. Out of the corner of her eye, she sees Michael watching the deep rise and fall of her chest as she breathes. When her hip gently brushes against the side of his thigh, his eyes shut again. She stops fighting the feeling growing inside, and allows it to swell and rise.
Kate lowers the scissors and steps to the front of him. She can feel him watching her, and forces herself to look only at his hair. His legs are spread slightly apart as he sits on the stool, and she slides her body between his knees as she lifts the scissors to his head again. She can feel the inside of his knees slightly squeeze around her and, in the silence of the room, she hears the change in his breath, each inhale and exhale deeper now than before. With her this close, he has nowhere to look but her chest.
His eyes are at the perfect level to trace the curve of her breasts under her thin shirt. Embarrassed, he drops his chin to his chest. His hands lie heavy on top of his thighs, below the bottom of the sheet encircling him. Kate watches as his fingers lift ever so slightly in her direction, so close to touching her hips. The sheet draped around him has tented between his legs, and the sight of it forces her to pause. She closes her eyes for a few seconds in an effort to keep control.
“Keep your head up, please,” she whispers, and he complies, slowly raising his chin back to chest level.
A few minutes more, and the haircut is finished. She pulls her body out from between his legs, circles around to his back, and unclips the sheet, shaking the last of his locks to the floor. She folds the sheet loosely and sets in on the counter, then steps in front of him again.
She tilts her head from side to side as she inspects her work, and reaches up to run her fingers through the front of his hair, checking the length around the curve of his brow, over the tops of his ears. Finally, she drops her eyes to his and smiles.
He does not smile back, and his eyes burn so brightly, the blood rushes to her cheeks.


Blurb 

Would anything change if women ruled the world? 

Fifteen years after the Last War devastated families and infrastructure, women have taken over under the banner of peace and equality. Only too late do they realize it’s a slippery slope to oppression. 

In a devastated country, those in charge rule by fear, inequality, and oppression. Rhia, a strong and independent sea captain, just wants to keep her head down and do her job, unitl she finds herself trapped in a re-education facility designed to help people fit into the rules of the New Way Forward. The warden claims to be guiding those in her care, but Rhia quickly sees the cracks in the system. As she is faced with torture and brainwashing, those cracks become gaping holes that threaten to pull her down into the depths of despair. Can Rhia resist the slow subversion of re-education and become the reluctant hero the new world needs?

RUN Ragged is the thrilling second story by the award-winning author of Women’s Work. This brilliantly imagined novel is both a scathing satire and a profoundly poignant look at the price we are willing to pay for peace and what we are willing to ignore to keep our conscience clear.



 

Kari Aguila
BIO

Kari Aguila was the recipient of an IndieReader Discovery Award for her first novel, Women’s Work, and it’s follow-up story, RUN Ragged was listed as one of the Best Indie Books of 2016 by the Huffington Post. Her stories are gripping and thought-provoking looks at gender stereotypes and relationships set in a dystopic future. She is also an avid gardener, geologist, outdoor enthusiast and mother of three. Aguila lives with her family in Seattle, and is available to Skype with Book Clubs around the world.



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