These Women, written by Ivy Pochoda, is a compelling novel that explores the lives of five women who are connected through a tragic event. The story is set in Los Angeles and revolves around the aftermath of a carnival ride accident that leaves a young woman dead and several others injured. Each woman’s perspective is narrated in a separate chapter, providing a unique insight into their lives and experiences.
The novel is characterized by its intricate plot, engaging storytelling, and well-developed characters. Pochoda skillfully weaves together the personal histories of the five women, revealing the complexities of their lives and the choices that have led them to this point. The novel delves into themes such as friendship, loyalty, betrayal, and the search for meaning in the face of adversity.
As the story unfolds, the women’s lives become increasingly intertwined, and their relationships with one another are put to the test. They must confront their own insecurities, fears, and past traumas while navigating the challenges of the present. Through their shared experience, they begin to find strength in one another and learn valuable lessons about resilience, forgiveness, and the power of human connection.
Throughout the novel, Ivy Pochoda draws on her extensive knowledge of Los Angeles and its diverse neighborhoods, giving the story a rich sense of place. The city serves as both a backdrop and a character in its own right, reflecting the various aspects of the women’s lives and experiences.
In conclusion, These Women is a powerful and captivating novel that explores the lives of five women connected by a tragic event. Ivy Pochoda’s skillful storytelling and well-developed characters make this a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary fiction.
From the award-winning author of Wonder Valley and Visitation Street, a serial killer story like you’ve never seen before – a literary thriller about female empowerment and social change
In West Adams, a rapidly changing area of South Los Angeles, they are known as “these women.” These women on the corner… These women in the club… These women kept asking questions… These women got what they deserved.. ..
In her stunning new novel, Ivy Pochoda creates a kaleidoscope of loss, power and hope about five very different women whose lives are steeped in danger and suffering. They are connected by one man and his deadly obsession, although not all of them know it. There’s Dorian, still wandering after her daughter’s murder remains unsolved; Julianna, a young dancer nicknamed Jujubee, lives hard and fast, resisting anyone who tries to slow her down; Essie, a brilliant deputy sheriff who sees an emerging criminal pattern that no one else sees; Marella, a daring performance artist whose work has long pushed boundaries but now puts her in danger; and Anneke, a quiet woman who has deliberately ignored those around her for too long. The careful existence they have built for themselves begins to crumble when two murders rock their neighborhood.
Written with beauty and grit, tension and grace, These Women is a tour de force of storytelling, a novel of its own time.
How to survive as a woman in today’s world? How do we negotiate the violence around us? How to be heard – as a human being, as a woman – when even other women won’t listen to you? These are some of the ideas explored on Ivy Pochoda’s tour, These Women. At first, this book was so different from what I expected, based on the advertising blurbs, that I thought I had ordered the wrong book. After reading it, I felt like the advertising department might have a hard time classifying this book, because it’s like nothing I’ve read before. This is not a “serial killer thriller”. It starts off as a slow burn and at first seems confusing and disjointed. It doesn’t take long to get into the rhythm of the writing and story – told from five distinctive perspectives. About 60 pages in, you realize that Ms. Pochoda has taken a fairly “popular” serial killer story, turned it upside down, wiggled it around and then turned it inside out, just for good measure. She successfully maintained this top performance until the last page. The women are connected, the story comes to a happy ending. Don’t miss this fascinating, thought-provoking masterpiece.
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