Women's Work

Women's Work❆ Women's Work kindle Epub ❤ Author Kari Aguila – Bluevapours.co.uk 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 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.

In addition to writing award winning dystopian fiction, Kari Aguila is a geologist, gardener, substitute teacher, singer and mom She has numerous scientific publications, but took a strong bend into speculative fiction with her first novel, WOMEN S WORK Her second story, the stand alone sequel, RUN RAGGED, asks what would change if women ruled the world It is a timely, thought provoking look at a country thrown out of balance that will leave you contemplating its themes and characters long after the last page Aguila participates in book clubs all over the country via Skype to talk about her thrilling stories She lives with her family in Seattle, Washington, and is currently working on her third book.

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    iOS for the iPad is the biggest iOS release ever 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 298 pages
  • Women's Work
  • Kari Aguila
  • English
  • 13 July 2018
  • 0991165004

10 thoughts on “Women's Work

  1. Jareed says:

    I knew my male to female author ratio was severely disproportionate with the scale undeniably tipping on the expected side So I try, along with my many reading projects, to incorporate the ideal that such imbalance be rectified if not in an achievable and realistically acceptable equilibrium then at least the consolatory mindset that nobility exists in a task faithfully pursued such as this Then I thought, what better way to pursue this end, when by happenstance, I stumbled upon this book, whi I knew my male to female author ratio was severely disproportionate with the scale undeniably tipping on the expected side So I try, along with my many reading projects, to incorporate the ideal that such imbalance be rectified if not in an achievable and realistically acceptable equilibrium then at least the consolatory mindset that nobility exists in a task faithfully pursued such as this Then I thought, what better way to pursue this end, when by happenstance, I stumbled upon this book, which claims to present women s struggles in a post apocalyptic world, written no less by a female author Women s Work tells us the story of Kate and her family who struggles to survive in world ridden no less by male chauvinists who by all measures are extremist in their professed bigotry In this world, the women have taken over all aspects, and when I say all, I meant everything The men have not only been relegated but were also reeducated of their social roles They stay in the house, are not allowed to speak in town or council meetings, they are, in all respects, abrogated of any capacity less the frivolous and mundane The concept was a fascinating one, the reversal of the socially constructed gender roles, the reaction of the male population to such extreme reversal, these were some of the things I was expecting in Women s Work, but what struck mewas that this was the quandary of a single mother finding love in a society where a Man is not defined by any new established social convention but by the acts of his predecessors of the same biological orientation This too was a novelfor the parenting of a single mother There is less of the expected grand narrative of the noble struggle of survival in a post apocalyptic world but only the fear of imagined and anticipated horrors that sublimely define the characters psychologies There are a number of things you have to get around to appreciate this.The world building premise is anchored on the arrangement that the male contemporaries have orchestrated the government to pass laws banning birth control without the husband s consent, to the regulation of what they could and could not wear, leading topivotal and drastic actions like the banning and removal of women from politics and the military The premise world is an extremely male chauvinistic society If you get around that you can move on with the story, which leads us to the next point.The novel presents a comprehensive and absolute dichotomy between the male and the female sexes, an instance which, even in fiction I might add, is highly improbable unless we discount the existence of certain radical, idealistic individuals, or group of individuals This is the perfect embodiment of a class fighting for its own liberation from domination and believes itself to be fighting for human freedom and was able to appeal to an idea present in all who are oppressed which however in the long and virtually continuous battle for freedom, the classes who were fighting against oppression at one stage sided with the enemies of freedom when victory was won and new privileges were to be defended Because it tries to take on this grand extremist scenario of men vs women, the story failed on the microcosm, I was expecting aimmersed perspective in presenting the difficulties of a woman in a possible post apocalyptic world, like that of raising a young boy in such well delineated social arrangement, or that of the greater need for security I have to point out that the concern for security in relation to the man in this novel cannot be included, for even in the beginning, subtle sexual proclivities can be read between Kate and the man, no real concern for security exist there The children too are a tad unrealistic They were perfect, much too perfect They followed all commands, did not answer back, did not worry about their father lost in the war, they communicated with their parents Because they were perfect, they were all the same and hence no reasonable character development existed Because they were perfect, they were an anachronistic existence in a post apocalyptic world It s just hard to imagine that these children whose life are peppered with bomb craters, raider threats, women armed with arrows and knives are presented in such a faultless existence To me, the characters fail because they are perfect The power struggle fails because the conflict is grounded on the belief that the differences among genders are defined only by their biological orientations The writing style is admirable, with the occasional rough transitions and forced conversations, considering this to be the first work of the author Still, much thanks, Kari, for my copy I look forward to your growth as writer This review, along with my other reviews, has been cross posted at imbookedindefinitely

  2. Kari says:

    I admit that I have read this book over 15 times In fact, I wrote it As an independent author, I would love to know what you thought of Women s Work Please check it out and, if you like it, recommend it to your friends It is available as Ebook or paperback The story centers around Kate, a widowed mother of three, struggling to survive in a post war world The women in her neighborhood have learned to grow, hunt and preserve food They have designed and built tools and machines to help them, I admit that I have read this book over 15 times In fact, I wrote it As an independent author, I would love to know what you thought of Women s Work Please check it out and, if you like it, recommend it to your friends It is available as Ebook or paperback The story centers around Kate, a widowed mother of three, struggling to survive in a post war world The women in her neighborhood have learned to grow, hunt and preserve food They have designed and built tools and machines to help them, and above all have developed a deep sisterhood It is a story of survival in difficult times, and will lead to lively discussion within book clubs and among friends.Cold MountainThe Handmaid s TaleThe RoadShe s Come Undone

  3. P.J. O& says:

    I ve edited this review from last year after noticing a few typos and phrases that made me roll my eyes at myself It s actually for the epub version bought from Barnes Noble, but I m assuming all versions from the same publishing date are the same I did acomprehensive review in my blog, but I ll sum up points here In Women s Work, adult men have been pretty much wiped out Husbands, sons, brothers, and fathers were literally dragged off to war or killed in resisting it A few went in I ve edited this review from last year after noticing a few typos and phrases that made me roll my eyes at myself It s actually for the epub version bought from Barnes Noble, but I m assuming all versions from the same publishing date are the same I did acomprehensive review in my blog, but I ll sum up points here In Women s Work, adult men have been pretty much wiped out Husbands, sons, brothers, and fathers were literally dragged off to war or killed in resisting it A few went into hiding or were too young, but it was pockets of women who emerged when it was all over We never learn exactly what that particular war was about, but it doesn t really matter As it is with most victims of catastrophic wars, it really had nothing to do with them and their day to day lives other than to rob them of family and a hopeful future.There are some males in the new civilization babies and young boys mainly, as well as a few wounded soldiers or old men kept out of the public eye as well as the decision making process As rumors spread between the villages about gangs of unrepentant men raiding houses, raping and murdering inhabitants, and kidnapping children, young men coming of age are subjected to Jim Crow kinds of laws These laws, and their social repercussions to women family members advocating for equality, make it unsafe for men to be out much An unaccompanied adult male with no one to vouch for him is seen as dangerous and subject to vigilantism and mob violence though the villagers don t see it as that Surviving men are given kitchen and childrearing duties and discouraged from speaking in public.This is the world where the book begins and it s why Kate and her children are so terrified when a strange male shows up at her farm Its location is far from the town and surrounded by woods They re very much alone and have reasons to fear if a raider comes by But Kate has good memories of a beloved husband, who didn t survive his military conscription, and she has a son who is already having to be restricted in what he can do Kate is also wrestling with uneasy feelings whenever she passes the fresh grave of a stranger, whom friends in the village recently killed in presumed pre emptive self defense.The heart of the book is not just how Kate must balance her fears for herself, her children, and the town at large against her remaining sense of compassion for her fellow man And it s not just a potential love conquers all story for those who have reason to give up on the notion of romantic love entirely It s about how the interplay of fear and trust in a culture shapes individuals, and how the courage to live out the forgotten catechetical virtues of individuals can shape their culture in return.If I have one criticism of this book, it s the too sudden shift to an ending from the crisis point that the book had so carefully taken us to The author had done such a fine job of describing the codified fear and hysteria of the townswomen that it seemed a little implausible that they would simply disappear in the d nouement Yes, we have the general idea why there was some tolerance and acceptance, but call me a cynic if you will I m not overly puzzled how people who love each other can surmount nearly impossible odds and forgive the seemingly unforgiveable We ve all seen, read, or experienced it I want to know how villages do it, especially villages of victims of such horrors That s much rarer and involvespsychic risk to each of them But the details and hard work of that, I m afraid, the author has left to our imaginations Maybe there s a sequel

  4. Al says:

    I must admit that I was a bit apprehensive about the subject matter of the book, especially given the title The basic premise of the story is that in the not too distant future, the women of the world see an acceleration of oppression by males In many ways, the author seems to envision an Islamist fundamentalist course here in America, with women being sequestered at home, with little to no voice, in the name of protecting them Ultimately, this chauvinist attitude leads to a global war, and t I must admit that I was a bit apprehensive about the subject matter of the book, especially given the title The basic premise of the story is that in the not too distant future, the women of the world see an acceleration of oppression by males In many ways, the author seems to envision an Islamist fundamentalist course here in America, with women being sequestered at home, with little to no voice, in the name of protecting them Ultimately, this chauvinist attitude leads to a global war, and the vast majority of the male population is killed With this turn of events, women across the nation and assumedly worldwide take over the reins of power and marginalize men into the role that women occupied in the antebellum period Kari s story focuses primarily on a small family, led by war widow Kate and their simple, pre technology lifestyle While simple and at times difficult, their life is at least peaceful After all, women have rewritten the rules to preserve peace, and now everyone is equal Or are they This is where Kari s debut piece surpassed my expectations In a genre that is VERY clich at times, she was able to not only keep the story interesting, but to make you regret having to put it down It is amazing that an author could turn simple daily household chores and home life into something that held the reader s attention page after page Even in the final two chapters, when you think the story has been resolved, Kari keeps the suspense until literally the last two pages Even then, you know that there are still issues that Kate s family has to resolve, yet you don t feel upset or cheated about the ending The novel stands alone by itself, but left the potential, on many fronts, for a sequel, which I would gladly read.In addition to her masterful handling of suspense and pacing, Kari did an excellent job with character development In many novels in general, and dystopian and apocalyptic ones in particular, characters are too often one dimensional the hero does nothing wrong or dishonest, the villain nothing redeeming All of Kari s characters are very multi dimensional, as humans truly are Just when you want to completely dislike a character, they do something decent When you think that one of the neighborhood women has had a change of heart, she relapses to her paranoia All of this is fed by a very believable story line and progression, so nothing seems forced.instead, you feel like you are genuinely watching these characters lives as they struggle with all of the challenges of a ruined life that they are forced to rebuild under unenviable circumstances.I thoroughly enjoyed the book and believe that most will as well I highly recommend it

  5. Katie Tucker says:

    This book was given to me by the author This book reminded me of

  6. Tasha says:

    I won this book in a goodreads contest I finished this book yesterday but waited until tonight to make sure my review is unbiased and not just higher because I won a free copy 95% of what I read is YA paranormal supernatural romance or thrillers I read a fiction novel here and there and a dystopian in between with the rare memoir thrown in mostly to cleanse my supernatural reading palate Because i rarely read fiction novels, it s harder for me to connect with the world, with the characters a I won this book in a goodreads contest I finished this book yesterday but waited until tonight to make sure my review is unbiased and not just higher because I won a free copy 95% of what I read is YA paranormal supernatural romance or thrillers I read a fiction novel here and there and a dystopian in between with the rare memoir thrown in mostly to cleanse my supernatural reading palate Because i rarely read fiction novels, it s harder for me to connect with the world, with the characters and even the story.Though, Women s Work is a dystopian book, I was instantly connected with the world and soon the characters as well What s scary about this book is the very plausible downfall of America It s not hard to imagine it s really happening and its not THAT far fetched For a female reader like myself, that made me connect to the story in a wholesome way There was proper pacing and development in characters and in emotions I do think it kind of snowball ended and would of like a longer ending especially considering this is a novel However, I think it was an appropriate ending, giving us just a spark of hopethe same as Kate and the neighbors begin to have as the story closes

  7. Janday says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. I will not be entering another for a while After a nameless war kills off the majority of the men in the world maybe the story s location is somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, but no news of the outside world is ever framed in the context of this story , the women who were left behind band together in small neighborhoods to take care of their children and each other This is the story of one such family and how their relative domestic peace gets inte I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. I will not be entering another for a while After a nameless war kills off the majority of the men in the world maybe the story s location is somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, but no news of the outside world is ever framed in the context of this story , the women who were left behind band together in small neighborhoods to take care of their children and each other This is the story of one such family and how their relative domestic peace gets interrupted when a strange man arrives with a sick boy he claims is his son.This is a story of a woman who stops being a scientist in order to raise her three children, written by a woman who stopped being a scientist in order to raise her three children Is there anything wrong with that Well, no, of course not But if you expect suspension of disbelief from your readers, then a less transparently autobiographical approach is in order There is a difference between writing what you know and writing only what you know I did not find this story to be compelling in the least Near the beginning, I was distracted by the misuse of present tense in strictly descriptive passages Rather than frame the novel with descriptive events, Aguila chooses to leave these events vague in favor of describing domestic chores Surprisingly silent in this story in which the power structure is flipped are those voices who actually suffer the most from the current power structure that the characters in the story criticize.Do you know whose stories I want to read I want to know about the women of color who are sufferingsocially, physically, and economically in reality than the interchangeable white women in this novel I am concerned about the absence of transgender and LGBTQ voices in this world Dying of breast cancer is a concern, but dying of AIDS in a world without protection is not Are you telling me that in a community of women, there isn t even one lesbian couple That in a society that is outwardly violent to male roles in romantic relationships is not at all accepting of lesbian relationships Surely not all of these women have children Because not all women are, or want to be, mothers Rhia appears to be without children, but that appears to be a result of her circumstances living on a boat rather than of a conscious decision on her part And, the one childfree character is depicted as migratory, not belonging to any one neighborhood What is her story Are therelike her Are you trying to tell me that you can imagine a world where men are second class citizens, but you cannot imaginediverse voices than white women with children And if you weren t yet convinced that this novel is for women with children, let s talk about the children The perfect, perfect children They do their chores enthusiastically, helpful almost to a fault They do not answer back, swear, or rebel in any way shape or form They are communicative with their parents And, like their mothers, are completely interchangeable I saw no distinguishing personality traits that separate Maggie and Lauren Or Jonah and Evan No other women express any concern about raising problem children Sarah, as a teacher, has no concerns about disciplining problem students The adults don t have to concern themselves with ADHD, dyslexia, learning or other developmental disorders no physical disabilities there are no children with cancer there is no resurgence of diseases that modern medicine had eradicated within the last 200 years A child gets a fever that lasts a couple days What a truly dangerous world these people live in.Speaking of danger, let s talk about perceived danger versus real danger Throughout the novel, Kate and other women perceive Michael as a danger He is an unknown variable thrown into the inexplicably stable solution of their society Except that Michael and Kate have no meaningful connection outside of their children If neither of them had children, I m not convinced they would like each other at all Especially considering that Michael is a master manipulator and both are dishonest with each other at every turn The characters are supposed to rediscover trust, but neither can trust the other without using their own and each other s children as bargaining chips I know that I don t have children, but I do know it is not healthy to use children as currency in your domestic power struggles But in the end, they trust each other or they think they do, I wouldn t call that trust , but that doesn t change the fact that the raiders they were concerned about actually attacked them, actually burned down their house and stole their crops, and the women in the town were actually right about the danger all along But those enemies get away with it because everyone is so busy being so stupid.I won t lie I skipped the last chapter After predicting how the novel will end considering the praise of the perfection of children throughout the entire novel I could not be less interested in the saccharine nightmare of childbirth The characters fail because they have no faults the plot fails because it assumes the only differences between people and power are binary cis heteronormative genders the ideas fail because they are outdated and mostly irrelevant the fictional world fails because it has no grounding in reality and the author fails at this blatantly transparent excuse for a self insertion fantasy.If you are interested in a feminist utopia, read Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain s Sultana s Dream and Padmarag Sultana s Dream is a fifteen page short story published in 1909 in which, the women in a fictional Muslim country called Ladyland, like Aguila s story, take over the power structure and force men into their previous submissive roles Except they use education and social work, not perceived natural nurturer roles Men did not break the system It was built wrong.

  8. Michael Crowley says:

    Full disclosure I am a friend of the author s, and, while I know Kari to be a fine actress, writer and director among her many other accomplishments, this is the first piece of her fiction that I ve read This is the second of the two books by friends that I ve read and, like Donn Christianson s Savior , Kari is taking on how love does and can work between two people who have seen and been through muchthan they ever wanted to The world of Women s Work is one that has been completely t Full disclosure I am a friend of the author s, and, while I know Kari to be a fine actress, writer and director among her many other accomplishments, this is the first piece of her fiction that I ve read This is the second of the two books by friends that I ve read and, like Donn Christianson s Savior , Kari is taking on how love does and can work between two people who have seen and been through muchthan they ever wanted to The world of Women s Work is one that has been completely turned over it takes place in the aftermath of an actual shooting war that erupted between men and women as a result of men continually attempting to assert power over women, either physically, emotionally, or legally Reading the early chapters where exactly how that happened is laid out in detail put the idea that this was unrealistic in any way out of my mind A quote When the Traditionalist Party swept the elections in 2034, the new rules were implemented quickly Laws with deceptive names, like the Family Focus Act and the Beauty of Motherhood Act, were passed to keep women at home Videos of smiling families saturated their screens, the women in heavy clothing with children around, all of them looking up to the strong and handsome husbands pg 18 THAT got my attention, as the legislative agenda described is happening right now, and with the same Orwellian names The central question then, isn t Who should have power because it s made clear in the book the women do They won Women now control all positions of political power, and men now abide under a series of clear legal restrictions on their movements and behaviors That much is settled The real questions become, What do we do with our power , and How can we rebuild a world Is there any room left for love, or trust, between the two genders after all of this This is a post traumatic world, a world in which men who were looked to as partners, lovers, and friends became the enemy in a literal shooting war that left only devastation behind it Kari s in perfect tune with the current social climate here Kari writes with great clarity, honesty and gentleness while also refusing to duck any of the implications of the questions that she s asking The immediacy of the prose of the novel helps clarify the stakes as her two central characters, Kate and Michael, have to find their way as they try to build, maintain, and rebuild the trust between them that it s going to take to sustain the love that they find is growing between them I appreciated that Kari s willing to have her main characters engage in a relationship that reads and feels honest They struggle They trust slowly But they do it I became so invested in this book that, by the time of the ending, I was literally praying for Michael no spoilers here go and read this for yourself you ll enjoy it, I think and Kate to make it not to merely survive to the sequel, but to find a way to keep this love of theirs kindled and alight

  9. Darlene says:

    I think I heard about this through First Reads on GoodReads Usually, the books offered on First Reads are hard, often signed copies I managed to pick up the Kindle version for 3.99 It seemed like it would be a marvelous book.It was This is a book I think everyone should read There is a lot of depth of characters and possible histories Yes, it is dystopian in nature what if womyn had their fill of the way men treated them Is there a point where it all might break into, say, even war I d I think I heard about this through First Reads on GoodReads Usually, the books offered on First Reads are hard, often signed copies I managed to pick up the Kindle version for 3.99 It seemed like it would be a marvelous book.It was This is a book I think everyone should read There is a lot of depth of characters and possible histories Yes, it is dystopian in nature what if womyn had their fill of the way men treated them Is there a point where it all might break into, say, even war I don t know I ve met and even been angry with the male of our species I don t know if I would want to kill anyone, though.But let s suppose that happened and the womyn took over Here is possibly an extreme case of what could happen when the world settled down again What would happen with families Could they even exist if this happened So many questions are answered in this wonderfully written fiction As I mentioned before, this is a cautionary tale that we all need to look at Not just for what good could finally happen for the weaker sex but how ages of resentment could result in fartrust issues than any of us have now Do we want to bring the males down to where they ve put us Wouldn t it be better to start accepting people as people with no classifications of lower, weaker, etc Because if we can t get males to join in the fight against inequalities they are as likely to fail as the lessors.This review presents mostly questions because, though the book is fiction, it makes the reader think Could this happen How can we prevent it and still make a better society for everyone in the world Please, if you get the chance, pick up a copy.Oh, and quickly, before I forget I loved the characters and the way the story is told If the scene was now it was present tense, if past the author used past tense At first I found that a little hard to get used to, yet as I read it made perfect sense for all that happens in this book Thank you, Kari Aguila, for a wonderful read

  10. Jan Greene says:

    In Women s Work, Kari Aguila, examines what would happen if women were compelled to redesign society after most of the men in the world are killed in a cataclysmic war She shows how women rebuild community, neighborhood by neighborhood The society they create depends on cooperation and collaboration among women But it also depends on making sure that men never gain power and control again Exploring this shift in power propels the plot.Aguila is a skilled writer and for that I gave this book In Women s Work, Kari Aguila, examines what would happen if women were compelled to redesign society after most of the men in the world are killed in a cataclysmic war She shows how women rebuild community, neighborhood by neighborhood The society they create depends on cooperation and collaboration among women But it also depends on making sure that men never gain power and control again Exploring this shift in power propels the plot.Aguila is a skilled writer and for that I gave this book 5 stars Her world building is convincing The portrayal of a future without any of the conveniences that most of us take for granted is vivid, believable, and cautionary Her characters are well written and show a variety of personalities The plot of the story builds gradually to a dramatic scene which I won t ruin by revealing it and the denouement is touching and hopeful This is a book worth reading It will make you think not just about gender roles and stereotypes, but also about what kind of future we will have if we continue to use war as a means to resolve conflict Unfortunately, for me the reversal of roles, in which men stayed home to do housework and were not allowed to speak at community meetings, was too pat It reminded me of what kids call opposite day instead of somethingdeeply conceived Of course, this may have been the point Aguila wanted to make that given the opportunity or the necessity women will use power and control no better than men have However, I would have found itcompelling if this aspect of the plot had beencreatively and richly imagined Nevertheless, the book is a very good read and well worth your time

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