The Women Could Fly

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6.29 X 9.21 X 0.98 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Megan Giddings is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. Her novel, Lakewood, was one of New York Magazine's 10 best books of 2020, one of NPR's best books of 2020, a Michigan Notable book for 2021, a nominee for two NAACP Image Awards, and a finalist for a 2020 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in The Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction category. Her second novel, The Women Could Fly, was named one of The Washington Post's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy novels of 2022, one of Vulture's Best Fantasy books of 2022, and was a New York Times Editors' Choice. Her work has received support from the Barbara Deming Foundation and Hedgebrook. She lives in Minneapolis.

Megan Giddings' prose is brimming with wonder. The Women Could Fly is a candid appraisal of grief, inheritance, and the merits of unruliness. -- Raven Leilani, author of Luster

Born of a radical imagination and executed with piercing elegance and skill, The Women Could Fly recalls legendary works of dystopian fiction but casts a spell all its own. Giddings is a rare and utterly original voice bridging the speculative and the all-too-real. -- Alexandra Kleeman, author of Something New Under the Sun

"Profound, daring, wondrous, and utterly original. A feminist dystopian epic about a world where women's life choices are policed and female power and autonomy are the most dangerous forces of all, Megan Giddings' The Women Could Fly offers a hypnotic blend of enchantment and outrage. I could not love this novel more." -- Jessamine Chan, author of The School for Good Mothers

Combining the misogynist oppression of The Handmaid's Tale with the sharp insight and science fictional tone of Octavia Butler, Giddings's latest is a chilling but all too plausible tale. -- Library Journal

"The Women Could Fly lifts the veil of this world to show, amid the old grief and injustice, a glimmer of necessary magic. This is a gem of a book about womanhood, lineage, and defiance." -- C Pam Zhang, author of How Much of These Hills Is Gold

"The Women Could Fly is one of the most exhilarating and fulfilling books I've read in years. It's wildly imaginative, funny, deep, radical, and full of suspense--I read it in one giant gulp of pleasure. Megan Giddings is truly a remarkable writer." -- Jami Attenberg, author of I Came All This Way to Meet You

"The Women Could Fly drew me in immediately with its balance of humor and pain, magic and familiarity, and the unforgettable characters who are the novel's beating heart. Reading this book is like putting on an old winter coat and discovering a magical talisman in the pocket: it's full of warmth, comfort, and a whole new world of possibility. Megan Giddings is an exquisite novelist, and a writer to watch." -- Adrienne Celt, author of End of the World House