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Jordan, Hillary

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1963-    ) US author whose second novel, When She Woke (2011), is set in a Near Future America where church and state are no longer separate, and a fundamentalist Dystopia has been established according to whose diktats women are scapegoated and treated as breeders. The homage to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (1850) – on being convicted of the crime of abortion the protagonist is Genetically Engineered so that she turns red, and is shamed through her exposure on reality television – is explicit throughout. Less explicitly, but very clearly, the example of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (1985) can also be traced. Politics (the aborted child's father is a hypocritical politician), god and romance become intertwined, and the protagonist escapes to Canada. [JC]

Hillary Jordan

born Dallas, Texas: 27 September 1963


  • When She Woke (Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2011) [hb/Aleksej Vasic]


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