Classic fantasy from the amazing Sheri S. Tepper.
Women rule in Women's Country. Women live apart from men, sheltering the remains of civilization They have cut themselves off with walls and by ordinance from marauding males. Waging war is all men are good for. Men are allowed to fight their barbaric battles... amongst themselves, garrison against garrison. For the sake of his pride, each boy child ritualistically rejects his mother when he comes of age to be a warrior. But all the secrets of civilization are strictly the possession of women.
Naturally, there are men who want to know what the women know... And when Stavia meets Chernon, the battle of the sexes begins all over again. Foolishly, she provides books for Chernon to read. Before long, Chernon is hatching a plan of revenge against women...
`Poignant and profound... I'm deeply moved'
`Lively, thought-provoking... the plot is ingenious, packing a wallop of a surprise'
Ursula K. LeGuin
`Shocking and entertaining... a wonderful fantasy which explores the role of the sexes'
`It's grand... one of the most involving, serious and deeply felt studies of the relations between the sexes that I have ever read'
Marion Zimmer Bradley
`Tepper not only keeps us reading, she provokes a new look at the old issues'
`Remember reading? Really reading, I mean - for knowledge, transformation, survival - that's how I found myself reading Sheri S. Tepper'
Sheri Tepper was born in Colorado. A longtime writer of children's stories, she sold her first book for adults in 1982. She and her husband now live on a ranch in New Mexico with a variety of animals.