red clocks on Publishers Weekly's                       "Top 10 Literary Fiction" list


“Leni Zumas here proves she can do almost anything. Her tale feels part Melvillian, part Lydia Davis, part Octavia Butler—but really Zumas’s vision is entirely her own. Red Clocks is funny, mordant, political, poetic, alarming, and inspiring—not to mention a way forward for fiction now.”     —Maggie Nelson

“Strange and lovely and luminous. I loved Red Clocks with my whole heart.”     Kelly Link

Move over Atwood, Leni Zumas's Red Clocks is a gender roaring tour de force. The bodies of women in Red Clocks are each the site of resistance and revolution. I screamed out loud. I pumped my fist in the air. And I remembered how hope is forged from the ground up, through the bodies of women who won't be buried.Lidia Yuknavitch

“Hilarious, terrifying, and masterful—Red Clocks reflects the horror and absurdity of our political landscape with a brilliance that ensures the book's timelessness. It's as riotously fun as it is chilling. Zumas has produced a poignant, wickedly sharp classic.”     —Alissa Nutting

“The women in this suspenseful book resist. They will not be circumscribed. The effect on the reader is cathartic.”     —Christine Schutt

“In bristling sentences, Leni Zumas shows girls and women defying the excruciating restrictions imposed by both law and culture. Red Clocks is unabashedly political and fiercely humane.”     —Emily Fridlund


Abortion is once again illegal in America, in vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo.  In a small town on the coast of Oregon, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, ambition, friendship, and freedom.

“The novel's central focus is on the internal legislation that governs motherhood—not the laws enacted by Congress, but the joys and recriminations every woman feels regarding pregnancy and motherhood. As the Mother, Mender, Daughter and Biographer show—in utterly compelling, distinct voices—there's no simple narrative governing the choice to carry, birth, abort or adopt a child. Each choice is fraught, and intimately tied to a self-determination constantly under threat not just from outsiders, but from our own flawed and evolving ideas of what a woman should be, or want.”                                 —Rhianna W., bookseller,


january 16, 2018   Lee Boudreaux Books              march 8, 2018   The Borough Press (UK)