Before She Sleeps

Before She Sleeps

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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In modern, beautiful Green City, the capital of South West Asia, gender selection, war and disease have brought the ratio of men to women to alarmingly low levels. The government uses terror and technology to control its people, and women must take multiple husbands to have children as quickly as possible. Yet there are women who resist, women who live in an underground collective and refuse to be part of the system. Secretly protected by the highest echelons of power, they emerge only at night, to provide to the rich and elite of Green City a type of commodity that nobody can buy: intimacy without sex. As it turns out, not even the most influential men can shield them from discovery and the dangers of ruthless punishment. This dystopian novel from one of Pakistan's most talented writers is a modern-day parable, The Handmaid's Tale about women's lives in repressive Muslim countries everywhere. It takes the patriarchal practices of female seclusion and veiling, gender selection, and control over women's bodies, amplifies and distorts them in a truly terrifying way to imagine a world of post-religious authoritarianism.
Publisher: Encino, CA : Delphinium Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781883285760
1883285763
Branch Call Number: FIC SHAH
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 22 cm

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Does The Handmaid's Tale leave you wanting more dystopian stories of post-apocalyptic societies in which misogynistic laws fully control women's bodies and powerful politicians corrupt the rules in pursuit of their own pleasure? Set in South Asia. Suggested by Denise D.


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