When She Woke (Paperback)

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When she woke, Hannah’s skin was transformed to a brilliant red color, her sentence for the crime of abortion. But make no mistake, this futuristic retelling of The Scarlet Letter (with shades of The Handmaid’s Tale) makes it very clear that the horrifically extremist views of both of these novels are present today, not only in the distant past and future. When She Woke is a stunning page-turner that will make a great book club selection.

— Sara, Atlanta

October 2011 Indie Next List

“Inspired by The Scarlet Letter, this is a stunning, suspenseful, and scary look at what happens to Hannah Payne when she is arrested and convicted of having an abortion in a futuristic America. Her punishment is to become a 'chrome,' a criminal whose skin color is genetically altered to reflect her crime. Hannah becomes a Red for the crime of murder, and she further complicates her situation by refusing to name the father of her unborn child. Once chromed, she is released and must survive as best she can. Her navigation through the perils of a hostile society launches Hannah on a journey of self-discovery and makes readers question the consequences of politicizing the personal. Jordan's characters are compelling and her pacing is flawless; I couldn't put this book down!”
— Erica Caldwell, Present Tense, Batavia, NY

Product Details
ISBN: 9780007456710
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: October 1st, 2011