“Before the plague, women were rulers and peacekeepers and cooks and dancers and whatever they wanted to be. And they had medicine that made it impossible to get pregnant. They were free. And now they’re property almost everywhere, raped to death and sold to monsters by monsters.”
Meg Elison’s The Book of Etta is the much-anticipated sequel to her award-winning novel The Book of the Unnamed Midwife.
Note: You can read my review of the Unnamed Midwife by clicking this link.
Picking up decades after the events of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, this book tells the story of Etta, a “living daughter” of the settlement Nowhere. In the tradition of The Unnamed Midwife, Etta’s story is a singular viewpoint from which we readers experience the changed world, enhanced with some sections from the narrator’s point of view. However, the changed world (and the nature of Etta’s life) are so different than that of the Unnamed and the world she occupied that the reader’s experience is materially different from book to book.