“The Book of the Unnamed Midwife captures the spirit of Elison’s artistry. The human capacity to survive is something authors have explored for as long as science fiction has existed as a genre, but Elison brings to it her own definitions of sexuality, resourcefulness, and determination.”
—The Daily Californian
“Meg Elison’s exploration of femininity and women’s inequality is unflinchingly honest.”
—Word After Word
To celebrate both Pride month, and the new release of the final book in Meg Elison’s The Road to Nowhere trilogy, we are giving away some wonderful prizes to a lucky Bookstr reader!
Enter Our Giveaway for the Chance to Win:
Books 1, 2, and 3 in the Road to Nowhere series:
The Book of The Unnamed Midwife
The Book of Etta
The Book of Flora
A Pair of “Library Pride” socks
A Pair of “Banned Book” socks
A “Banned Book” stylized mug
About the Book:
Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale are sure to love Meg Elison’s Road to Nowhere series, which concludes with The Book of Flora. Publishers Weekly notes in their starred review that The Book of Flora “widens its scope from reproductive rights to gender binaries and the consequences of stories.” Locus Magazine agrees, stating that “what sets the Road to Nowhere trilogy apart from other literary pandemics is how Elison centers her story around reproductive rights, gender identity, and sexuality.” And (though we’d never spoil!) its ending is one for the ages. Booklist says “its shocking conclusion will leave readers reeling and rethinking what they know about gender identity and trauma.”
In the wake of the apocalypse, Flora has come of age in a highly gendered post-plague society where females have become a precious, coveted, hunted, and endangered commodity. But Flora does not participate in the economy that trades in bodies. An anathema in a world that prizes procreation above all else, she is an outsider everywhere she goes, including the thriving all-female city of Shy.
Now navigating a blighted landscape, Flora, her friends, and a sullen young slave she adopts as her own child leave their oppressive pasts behind to find their place in the world. They seek refuge aboard a ship where gender is fluid, where the dynamic is uneasy, and where rumors flow of a bold new reproductive strategy.
When the promise of a miraculous hope for humanity’s future tears Flora’s makeshift family asunder, she must choose: protect the safe haven she’s built or risk everything to defy oppression, whatever its provenance.
About The Author:
MEG ELISON is a Bay Area-based author and feminist essayist whose writings often incorporate the themes of female empowerment, body positivity, and gender flexibility. Her debut novel, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award, and was listed as a Tiptree Committee recommendation. Her second novel, The Book of Etta, was nominated for the award in 2017.