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A smart, dark, and take-no-prisoners look at rape culture and the extremes to which ideology can go, The Red Word is a campus novel like no other.

As her sophomore year begins, Karen enters into the back-to-school revelry - particularly at a fraternity called GBC. When she wakes up one morning on the lawn of Raghurst, a house of radical feminists, she gets a crash course in the state of feminist activism on campus. GBC is notorious, she learns, nicknamed "Gang Bang Central" and a prominent contributor to a list of date rapists compiled by female students. Despite continuing to party there and dating one of the brothers, Karen is equally seduced by the intellectual stimulation and indomitable spirit of the Raghurst women, who surprise her by wanting her as a housemate and recruiting her into the upper-level class of a charismatic feminist mythology scholar they all adore.

As Karen finds herself caught between two increasingly polarized camps, ringleader housemate Dyann believes she has hit on the perfect way to expose and bring down the fraternity as a symbol of rape culture - but the war between the houses will exact a terrible price.

©2018 Sarah Henstra (P)2018 HighBridge Company

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First rate reading of an excellent,insightful, and highly entertaining novel. This author has a very clear eye for the nuances and complexities of life. Clear, evocative prose, sharply drawn characters, strong plot, understated humor, highly original. Even the worst of the obnoxious frat boys are recognizably human (much more so than in, say, The Female Persuasion).

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Very interesting perspective on feminism on campus. Well written and most entertaining. Good grasp of the 1990’s.