Portland writer Leni Zumas, author of the well-received story collection, Farewell Navigator and a first novel, The Listeners, is here tonight with an intense, all-too-timely new novel, Red Clocks (Lee Boudreaux/Little, Brown). Five women in a small Oregon town, in a near-future that seems nightmarishly possible, contemplate life, meaning, survival.
“Leni Zumas here proves she can do almost anything. Her tale feels part Melvillian, part Lydia Davis, part Octavia Butler—but really Zumas’s vision is entirely her own. Red Clocks is funny, mordant, political, poetic, alarming, and inspiring—not to mention a way forward for fiction now.” - Maggie Nelson.
“Move over Atwood, Leni Zumas's Red Clocks is a gender-roaring tour de force. The bodies of women in Red Clocks are each the site of resistance and revolution. I screamed out loud. I pumped my first in the air. And I remembered how hope is forged from the ground up, through the bodies of women who won't be buried.” - Lidia Yuknavitch.