|Plot Summary of Woman on the Edge of Time|
|"Connie Ramos is a poor, overweight, Chicana woman living in 1970s New York. Her husband has died and she lonely. Her only close relationship is with her niece, who is a prostitute. After Connie attacks her niece's abusive boyfriend, she is found insane and committed to a mental institution.
Connie believes that she can communicate with people living in the year 2137. The future society is idealistic and somewhat communal. People live in forests and farm the surrounding land, being careful not to harm the environment. There is no sexism, and even the pronouns "he/she" and "him/her" have been eliminated, being replaced with the gender-neutral "per". There is no pregnancy, and children have three parents. Both men and women are able to breast-feed the infants.
The doctors at the mental hospital decide to try an experimental brain surgery on Connie, who is terrified and plans to escape.
The reader is left to decide whether Connie's visits to the future are real or are a product of her own mind."
E. J. McDonald, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Woman on the Edge of Time|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- living in dreamworld
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Battle with a psychiatrist
- mental illness
- mentally ill
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- quite fatty
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an average amount
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- New York
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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