She will not accept what she cannot change.
In 2090, Louisville, Kentucky, Erika is the city's perfect woman: obedient, flawlessly beautiful, and married to the wealthiest man in the region. After having overcome a personal trauma as a child, she's turned her obsession with looks and etiquette into a thriving business for herself, showing her follow citizens how to be good, subordinate spouses who help create peaceful homes and long-lasting marriages. This is the happiest she's ever been.
Until her husband's first mistress confronts her.
This revelation about her true value to her husband turns her world inside-out. Can she get rid of these other women, repair her marriage, and maintain her spotless reputation without sacrificing her sanity or her freedom?
Follow Erika's journey from vixen, to victim, to villain in this psychological thriller from the poet who brought you Feign.
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A book that keeps you thinking.
When I think novella, I think a short little story with not much to it, that is basically to pass the time. Well, this book totally changed my mind about that. Despite that it is short (and for that reason the plot unfolded quickly and in a relatively predictable manner), it still managed not only to catch and keep my interest but it really had me reflect on society and on how it can influence a person, especially one that is already damaged. While on the train of thought of reflecting on society, my favorite part of the story, is the part that incited just that in me. It is when Erica explains how from the ideology of feminism, society changed to masters/handlers. Not only did it make matters clear to me and not only is it a central part of the story, but the concept was so logical and interesting that it was just the highlight of the whole book to me. It's the idea that really raised my opinion of the book and that it was so consistent and deeply a part of Erica's journey, just made it all the more important and compelling to me. Erica's journey had a very real and sad event in her youth happen to her, that shaped her outlook on life. Whether that outlook is right or wrong, is for every reader to decide, but I appreciate how it not only shaped her as a person but also shaped how the story unfolded. It was the driving force for the events that happened. It gave the story depth and “meatiness” that is rare to find in contemporary novels much less futuristic tragic novellas. Despite that I call this book a tragedy, it still did inspire a bit of hope in me with the character of Alice. She not only felt compassion and understanding for those she helped as a social worker, but also she had an equal relationship with her husband. That made me feel better and hopeful for today's society, since I completely believe it could actually end up like the one described in the book (and I don't know if I'd care for that type of society). She gave me the hope that even if society really did become like described in the book, different types of relationships could exist and like minded people could still find each other. That said, the book is a tragedy, and overall I just felt sad for Erica. I also felt disappointed in Victor, who when push came to shove, didn't stand by his (albeit unrequited) love for Erica and let disillusionment get the better of him. In fact, that was one of my least favorite parts. Overall I found this story to be very believable, I can easily see society, evolving or devolving, (depending on your point of view) into the one described and that made it very, very, interesting to me. That said, I don't like books that have a not happy or at least hopeful ending. I read for pleasure, so a book that is all around tragic doesn't usually sit well with me, still, I gave it what for me, is a high rating for a tragic story, simply because the narrative was compelling and clear, and this book's idea was really interesting to me. I really appreciate books that make me reflect on matters, be they deep or superficial. Like for example how in the new paradigm “balanced” and “equal” are not synonymous. New ideas are one of the things I love most in life, which is why I can firmly say that this is hands down the best tragedy I have ever read. I would highly recommend this book to someone who is interested in a new and very possible social paradigm when it comes to relationships. If you like to think about social issues or how a person's mindset or traumas affects them, this is the book for you. If you want a short but deep read, this is also the book for you. However, if you are just looking for some light entertainment, you should probably pass on this book.