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ISBN:
1936558165
Author:
Suzan Still
Category:
Women's Fiction
Language:
English
Publisher:
Fiction Std (July 16, 2011)
Pages:
350 pages
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Commune of Women is one book you do not want to miss. Essentially, Commune of Women by Dr. Suzan Still is a map of humanity from both the micro and macro perspective.

Commune of Women is one book you do not want to miss. It is an incredible tale that will stay with you long after you read the last word. Pick up Commune of Women and be prepared to laugh, cry and gasp. Commune of Women is a great book to ponder over. -Reflections with Coffee.

She grew up so normal and still that was no proof against suffering

She grew up so normal and still that was no proof against suffering. During their last session, Heddi said that Betty survived her normality by staying unconscious – not, like, out cold, but by not really thinking about the things that were wrong. That’s why things got so crazy – because Betty wasn’t bringing any of the stuff to consciousness.

Suzan Still holds a masters in art and writing and a doctorate in depth psychology. A retired university art professor, she also taught creative writing in a men's prison, where she became increasingly concerned with issues of social s readers of Commune of Women will discover. She continues to explore this theme in Fiesta of Smoke and in her latest novel, Well In Time.

and the fucking phone cuts out. She spins around, hoping to pick up the signal again, but Amelia’s gone. Erika imagines her sitting. at her desk, yelling into the phone, Ms. Reiner? Ms. Reiner? like an idiot – like she’s never had Erika’s phone cut out before. It’ll take her ten minutes to settle down and remember that she already knows what she’s supposed to tell the Dallas office. They went over it yesterday. Christ! The cabby’s on Mexican time. He’s taking her bag out of the trunk like he’s doing it underwater.

Jacket design by Barbara Aronica Buck. ISBN-13: 978-1-936558-16-2. All rights reserved, which includes the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form whatsoever except as provided by . First Fiction Studio Printing: July 2011. Printed in the United States of America. To David, love of my life.

Commune of Women - Suzan Still. Commune of Women is a dramatic thriller. Seven women have been drawn into a web of terrorism as each of them arrive at Los Angeles International Airport. Heddie is a psycho-analyst who is traveling with one of her patients to pick up another from the airport. She is calm, cool, collected and has been raised with a silver spoon in her mouth or so she wants everyone to believe. Sophia is a natural born leader.

Commune of Women book. Sep 18, 2011 Crystal rated it it was amazing.

Through a series of telescoping stories, Well in Time plunges back from the present day through medieval Europe to ancient Egypt in quest of the origins of an object of magical power

Through a series of telescoping stories, Well in Time plunges back from the present day through medieval Europe to ancient Egypt in quest of the origins of an object of magical power. Novelist Calypso Searcy is gifted an ancient golden locket that confers the ability to know the future through dreams.

On an ordinary Los Angeles morning, the lives of seven women are about to become inextricably entangled, as they converge upon LA International Airport for various purposes. Suddenly, the morning erupts into chaos, as black-clad terrorists charge into the terminal, guns blazing. As the concourse becomes a killing field, six of the women dodge a hail of bullets to find refuge in a tiny staff room.

On an ordinary Los Angeles morning, six unrelated women converge on Los Angeles International Airport, for various mundane purposes

On an ordinary Los Angeles morning, six unrelated women converge on Los Angeles International Airport, for various mundane purposes. Everything changes when a terrorist attack explodes into the terminal and the women are forced to find shelter in a tiny staff room. Immediately, their varied educational, economic, racial and age differences begin to reveal themselves

On an ordinary Los Angeles morning, the lives of seven women are about to become inextricably entangled, as they converge upon LA International Airport for various purposes. Suddenly, the morning erupts into chaos, as black-clad terrorists charge into the terminal, guns blazing. As the concourse becomes a killing field, six of the women dodge a hail of bullets to find refuge in a tiny staff room. Betty, a Reseda housewife, Heddi, a Jungian analyst, Sophia, a rugged and savvy mountain woman, Erika, a top-level executive, Ondine, an artist just returning from France, and Pearl, an ancient bag lady, all traumatized or injured, barricade the door and cower down, hoping to survive. As four days drag by, their expectations of an early rescue dashed, the women find a way to dominate their panic and terror by telling their life stories. As their situation becomes increasingly grave, the women begin to reveal their most intimate secrets, as their stories descend deeper into the dark shadows of their lives–and they discover that part of survival is simply surviving one another. At the same time, in a similar small room close by, the sole female terrorist, dubbed simply X by her so-called Brothers, has the task of watching a bank of surveillance monitors. Apparently forgotten by her co-conspirators, she nevertheless is the best informed of the happenings in the outside world--happenings that are not easily understood. Why are the police and FBI so slow to respond? What has motivated this attack? Who are these terrorists and what do they want? And will the women survive to tell their tale? Answers to these questions slowly reveal the terrible web of conspiracy and deceit into which they all have fallen. But the most profound revelation of all is how each has betrayed herself.
  • Usaxma
To wrap up this book, I loved it! The story was very clever and completely unpredictable. The characters came to life, in a way that I couldn't help think "I know that person", or worse "that's me". From the start my favorite character was Pearl, as I tend to favor the underdog. What I didn't expect was that I would get to know this character, a very old and feisty bag lady, as the embodiment of grace, dignity, and courage. I'm looking forward to my second read through, now that I have come to know and appreciate all the character's strengths and weaknesses...

Throughout this page-turner I flipped back and forth asking myself "what on earth is going to happen next", and "how would I have behaved given the same faire of challenges that the characters in the book both adeptly managed and conversely failed". Each character's personal life story is revealed in shocking and tender detail. As a result of Still's training in Jungian psychology, she was able to corner each character's chosen method of self-sabotage. She presents the behavior (and source of the behavior) in a way that the reader can't help but trip over their own parallel "aha" moments.

The main characters sit on one track, strangely parallel to the antagonists who are being dissected along the jagged lines of the political and personal. It's hard to imagine having empathy for terrorists, but that's often what happens when motivations are more fully understood.

Commune of Women is definitely a thinking and reflective person's book, as well a valuable resource for introducing discourse about the political and religious sides whose rage threatens our world today. Essentially, Commune of Women by Dr. Suzan Still is a map of humanity from both the micro and macro perspective.
  • Jothris
Commune of Women is a brave novel. Ms. Still attempts something very bold, in taking us into the intimacy of each character's thoughts and feelings. But she doesn't stop there. She takes on the machinations of government, the tragedy of political disruptions, globally, and the abuses of women that those disruptions occasion. And she does all this in language that is poetic, compassionate, humorous, vivid and sophisticated.

Each of seven main characters is beautifully delineated and speaks in her own unique voice, which the reader quickly comes to recognize. In that voice each tells her personal story, taking the reader into the depths of lives that couldn't be more diverse but are equally fascinating.

Personally, I didn't want to put this book down and was disappointed when it came to an end. So, I've begun reading it, again! It's that kind of book.

Also, at the end of the book is an interview with the author, as well as questions designed for use by book clubs or in the classroom. These function to extend the depth and meaning of the book still further.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves beautiful language, an intriguing plot and beautifully drawn characters. Commune of Women is multi-layered, colorful, rich and deep. This is a book not to be missed!
  • Malalanim
Commune of Women
I was so consumed by COMMUNE OF WOMEN, I forgot I was holding a book in my hands. It's fierce and funny and potent and beautiful. So many important human concerns woven so seamlessly within one book. If she could, I believe Shahrazad would applaud Suzan Still with cymbals on all of her fingers. None since `her,' until Suzan Still, have used the stories-within-a-story device to such gripping and worthwhile effect. Truly a matter of life and death. She lured me down her rabbit hole so easily. My several little quibbles got frazzled away in the thrill of the descent. And I went down all the side tunnels she created, too, and took all the pearls of wisdom she offered. And then suffered and enjoyed their effect.

I identified with all the women portrayed in COMMUNE OF WOMEN. They felt so human, how could I not? Aside from the obvious commonality of existing in a patriarchal world, it was fascinating to see how one woman's story had particular aspects in common with another woman's story: How some rose beyond abuse, others dealt with their sense of abandonment or guilt, healed old wounds, found their creative means, nurtured others (past and present). How some dream better dreams, and celebrate their lives. All aspects of Woman are present and accounted for in COMMUNE OF WOMEN -- well beyond the predominately Virgin/Whore portrayals from male fictional writing. All this set within the dramatic and immediate story of surviving a potentially lethal situation.

Still also gives ample space in her novel to present believable case histories of human beings who might end up being 'terrorists.' There is room for redemption, even. And then, there's her regard for the homeless offered in the character of Pearl, Pearl's gratitude for the simple joys of life. Still made it abundantly clear that it is not a crime to be without property, or beyond youthfulness. And, being a woman is not a condemnation, unless a woman allows it to be.

I truly felt as though I had been feeling enough gratitude for being alive, celebrating life enough, until I finished COMMUNE OF WOMEN. Then, I realized it was possible to up the amperage.

What Suzan Still wrote can expand consciousness, and she does it with a subtle thread of humor which runs throughout her elaborate weaving. There, I've said too much, and not enough. Here's to the power of her writing. In her words:

"It takes so little effort and energy to honor the sacredness of the world."