Weird & Wonderful Book Club: "The Power" by Naomi Alderman
Our monthly celebration of the weird - be it science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, magical realism, or any genre otherwise strange.
This month's book club pick is The Power by Naomi Alderman.
What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?
In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.
From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, The Power is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.
One of the New York Times's Ten Best Books of 2017, A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017, One of the Washington Post's Ten Best Books of 2017, An NPR Best Book of 2017, One of Entertainment Weekly's Ten Best Books of 2017, A Bustle Best Book of 2017, A Paste Magazine Best Novel of 2017, A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2017, Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, and One of President Obama's favorite reads of 2017
Fierce and unsettling...Through immersive prose and a riveting plot, Alderman explores how power corrupts everyone: those who gain it, and those resisting its loss."-- Radhika Jones, New York Times Book Review
Novels based on premises like the one at the core of The Power can quickly become little more than thought experiments, but Alderman dodges this trap deftly -- her writing is beautiful, and her intelligence seems almost limitless. She also has a pitch-dark sense of humor that she wields perfectly. --Michael Schaub, NPR
Naomi Alderman is the author of The Liars' Gospel and Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers, has been published in 10 languages, and is being made into a film by Rachel Weisz.
She was selected for Granta's once-a-decade list of Best of Young British Novelists and was chosen by Margaret Atwood to be part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She is the co-creator and lead writer of the bestselling smartphone audio adventure app, Zombies, Run! She contributes regularly to the Guardian and presents Science Stories on BBC Radio 4. She lives in London.
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