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Reviews: Lucy Ferriss

The Misconceiver (1997)
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997 (0-684-80092-6)

The Misconceiver: This thoughtful work explores a possible (and unfortunately not at al improbable) near future in which the "Coalition" (read: Christian Coalition) has engineered an overturn of Roe v. Wade, making birth control and abortion ("misconception") difficult or illegal for white women to obtain. (Ferriss has clearly observed the not-too-subtle racism in the right wing's simultaneous campaigns against both "welfare mothers" and abortion.) An intense exploration of a very possible future in which women's lives and opportunities are constrained by religious dogma and state power, this novel has been compared to Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Ferriss is also the author of several other works which I haven't read, but The Misconceiver will place her on my list of authors for which to watch. -- lq, 9/7/97.

Reviewed in Feminist Bookstore News, July/August 1997, p. 29


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