Female Man

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Author: Joanna Russ
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  • Series: Bluestreak (Book 11)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; 1 edition (March 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807062995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807062999
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches

Living in an altered past that never saw the end of the Great Depression, Jeannine, a librarian, is waiting to be married. Joanna lives in a different version of reality: she's a 1970s feminist trying to succeed in a man's world. Janet is from Whileaway, a utopian earth where only women exist. And Jael is a warrior with steel teeth and catlike retractable claws, from an earth with separate-and warring-female and male societies. When these four women meet, the results are startling, outrageous, and subversive.


As hard and mean and fine as Flannery O'Connor. . . . I wish that everyone would read Joanna Russ' books.
-Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina

"Joanna Russ offers a gallery of some of the most interesting female protagonists in current fiction, women who are rarely victims and sometimes even victors, but always engaged sharply and perceptively with their fate."
-Marge Piercy

"A stunning book, a work to be read with great respect. It's also screamingly funny."
-Elizabeth Lynn, San Francisco Review of Books

"A work of frightening power, but it is also a work of great fictional subtlety. . . . It should appeal to all intelligent people who look for exciting ideation, crackling dialogue, provocative fictional games-playing in their reading."
-Douglas Barbour, Toronto Star


Nebula and Hugo Award winner Joanna Russ is the author of The Adventures of Alyx, Extra(Ordinary) People, and To Write Like a Woman, among many other books.