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Gather the Daughters

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book (nominee)
Never Let Me Go meets The Giver in this haunting debut about a cult on an isolated island where nothing is as it seems.

Years ago, just before the country was incinerated to wasteland, 10 men and their families colonized an island off the coast. They built a radical society of ancestor worship, controlled breeding, and the strict rationing of knowledge and history. Only the Wanderers - chosen male descendants of the original 10 - are allowed to cross to the wastelands, where they scavenge for detritus among the still-smoldering fires.

The daughters of these men are wives-in-training. At the first sign of puberty, they face their Summer of Fruition, a ritualistic season that drags them from adolescence to matrimony. They have children, who have children, and when they are no longer useful, they take their final draught and die. But in the summer, the younger children reign supreme. With the adults indoors and the pubescent in Fruition, the children live wildly - they fight over food and shelter, free of their fathers' hands and their mothers' despair. And it is at the end of one summer that little Caitlin Jacob sees something so horrifying, so contradictory to the laws of the island, that she must share it with the others.

Born leader Janey Solomon steps up to seek the truth. At 17-years-old, Janey is so unwilling to become a woman, she is slowly starving herself to death. Trying urgently now to unravel the mysteries of the island and what lies beyond before her own demise, she attempts to lead an uprising of the girls that may be their undoing.

Gather the Daughters is a smoldering debut; dark and energetic, compulsively listenable, Melamed's novel announces her as an unforgettable new voice in fiction.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Set on an enchanted island where magic is replaced by Freudian nightmare, Gather the Daughters is an eerie, claustrophobic tale in the spirit of Shakespeare's The Tempest and Grimm's fairy tales." - Joshua Gaylord

"An intriguing, gorgeously realized and written novel which inexorably draws you into its dark heart." - Kate Hamer

"In Gather the Daughters, girls and women face a world that is brutal, insidious, and unjust--and yet, hope and resilience persist. This is a lush, vivid and chilling novel. A remarkable debut." - Edan Lepucki

"An heir to the speculative creations of Margaret Atwood and Shirley Jackson, Gather the Daughters is a darkly compelling read." - Helene Wecker


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July 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Gather the Daughters: Shortlisted for The Arthur C Clarke Award
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Title: Gather the Daughters: Shortlisted for The Arthur C Clarke Award
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Title: Gather the Daughters: Shortlisted for The Arthur C Clarke Award
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July 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Gather the Daughters: A Novel
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ISBN: 1-4789-5048-X / 978-1-4789-5048-6 (USA edition)
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Title: Gather the Daughters: Library Edition
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Title: Gather the Daughters
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July 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Gather the Daughters
Author(s): Jennie Melamed
Publisher: Tinder Press
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July 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Gather the Daughters: A Novel
Author(s): Jennie Melamed
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Title: Gather the Daughters: A Novel
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Title: Gather the Daughters: A Novel
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Title: Gather the Daughters: Shortlisted for The Arthur C Clarke Award
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