• The Women Could Fly

  • A Novel
  • By: Megan Giddings
  • Narrated by: Angel Pean
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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The Women Could Fly

By: Megan Giddings
Narrated by: Angel Pean
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Reminiscent of the works of Margaret Atwood, Shirley Jackson, and Octavia Butler, a biting social commentary from the acclaimed author of Lakewood that speaks to our times—a piercing dystopian novel about the unbreakable bond between a young woman and her mysterious mother, set in a world in which witches are real and single women are closely monitored.

Josephine Thomas has heard every conceivable theory about her mother's disappearance. That she was kidnapped. Murdered. That she took on a new identity to start a new family. That she was a witch. This is the most worrying charge because in a world where witches are real, peculiar behavior raises suspicions and a woman—especially a Black woman—can find herself on trial for witchcraft.  

But 14 years have passed since her mother’s disappearance, and now Jo is finally ready to let go of the past. Yet her future is in doubt. The State mandates that all women marry by the age of 30—or enroll in a registry that allows them to be monitored, effectively forfeiting their autonomy. At 28, Jo is ambivalent about marriage. With her ability to control her life on the line, she feels as if she has her never understood her mother more. When she’s offered the opportunity to honor one last request from her mother's will, Jo leaves her regular life to feel connected to her one last time.

In this powerful and timely novel, Megan Giddings explores the limits women face—and the powers they have to transgress and transcend them. 

©2022 Megan Giddings (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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The story line was so so and the ending was terrible. The reading was flat.

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I rarely review, this book is worth it.

This book a must listen for every teenager and young adult figuring out who they are and whom they want to be.
I wish it had been around for me.

The writing is sophisticated, almost poetic, the story is modern, unexpected and familiar.
I was ready for a witch story, but received so much more.

The narrator is hypnotic, rich and precise (I want her to read everything)