Leni Zumas' new novel, Red Clocks , imagines a time in which something called the Personhood Amendment has made abortion and in vitro fertilization a crime in the United States; Canada returns women who slip across the border to seek those services. The novel is set in an Oregon town near that border — and it invites inevitable comparison to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale . Is it also a parable for our time? Zumas says the story started out with "some personal anxiety and anguish of my own," but grew into something larger. Interview Highlights On what inspired Zumas to write Red Clocks I started writing it around 2010 ... I was dealing with infertility and really wanted to get pregnant and wasn't able to. And I had a lot of questions about why...
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Reproductive Freedom Lies Just Outside The U.S. Border In 'Red Clocks'