When She Woke

Paperback | October 4, 2011

byHillary Jordan

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In the mid–21st century, a young woman in Texas awakens to a nightmare: her skin has been genetically altered, turned bright red as punishment for the crime of having an abortion.

Inspired by The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke depicts an American dystopia where terrorist attacks, natural disasters and a pandemic causing infertility have swung the country to the far right, and convicted criminals are “chromed” according to the nature of their crime and then released. A stigmatized woman in a hostile and frightening world, Hannah Payne must seek a path northward to safety. Her perilous journey becomes one of self-discovery and transfiguration as she realizes that faith, love and sexuality are not just political. They’re personal.

Mudbound, Hillary Jordan’s first novel (a national bestseller in the U.S. and the U.K. and a local bestseller in Canada), won the 2006 Bellwether Prize and a 2009 Alex Award from the American Library Association. Longlisted for the 2009 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Mudbound was also the 2008 NAIBA (New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association) Fiction Book of the Year. Additionally, it was a Barnes & Noble Discover pick, Borders Original Voices selection, Book Sense Pick and Waterstone’s New Voices pick.

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In the mid–21st century, a young woman in Texas awakens to a nightmare: her skin has been genetically altered, turned bright red as punishment for the crime of having an abortion.Inspired by The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke depicts an American dystopia where terrorist attacks, natural disasters and a pandemic causing infertility have ...

Hillary Jordan received her B.A. in English and political science from Wellesley College and spent fifteen years working as an advertising copywriter before starting to write fiction. She got her M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University. Jordan grew up in Dallas, Texas, and Muskogee, Oklahoma. She lives in New York City. Vis...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.79 inPublished:October 4, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443408026

ISBN - 13:9781443408028

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