Daughters of the North

Daughters of the North

A Novel

Paperback - 2007
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In her stunning novel, Hall imagines a new dystopia set in the not-too-distant future. England is in a state of environmental crisis and economic collapse. There has been a census, and all citizens have been herded into urban centers. Reproduction has become a lottery, with contraceptive coils fitted to every female of childbearing age. A girl who will become known only as "Sister" escapes the confines of her repressive marriage to find an isolated group of women living as "un-officials" in Carhullan, a remote northern farm, where she must find out whether she has it in herself to become a rebel fighter. Provocative and timely, Daughters of the North poses questions about the lengths women will go to resist their oppressors, and under what circumstances might an ordinary person become a terrorist.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2007.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780061430367
Characteristics: 209, 20 p. ; 21 cm.


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Nov 10, 2018

When I picked this book up I kind of snickered at the size of it - it was a silly little 200 page book! However, this was hands down one of the best books I have read in quite some time. It is meant to be read slowly and its imagery commands to be savored. What a tale of female strength, change, belief and community! This was the type of book that made me shiver with its last sentence. It's empowering, endearing, and is a raw story of what it means to be a woman with unlocked potential and truly describes a metamorphosis. Love, love, loved it - just read it!!

May 01, 2011

I enjoyed both the characters and the idea of a female army that took itself seriously. It wasn't about mimicing men, but the realities of combat.


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