The Red Word by Sarah Henstra

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The Red Word Read Online Free - A smart, dark, and take-no-prisoners look at rape culture and the extremes to which ideology can go, The Red Word is a campus novel like no other. As her sophomore year begins, Karen enters into the back-to-school revelry--particularly at a fraternity called GBC. When she wakes up one morning on the lawn of Raghurst, a house of radical feminists, she gets a crash course in the state of feminist activism on campus. GBC is notorious, she learns, nicknamed "Gang Bang Central" and a prominent contributor to a list of date rapists compiled by female students. Despite continuing to party there and dating one of the brothers, Karen is equally seduced by the intellectual stimulation and indomitable spirit of the Raghurst women, who surprise her by wanting her as a housemate and recruiting her into the upper-level class of a charismatic feminist mythology scholar they all adore. As Karen finds herself caught between two increasingly polarized camps, ringleader housemate Dyann believes she has hit on the perfect way to expose and bring down the fraternity as a symbol of rape culture--but the war between the houses will exact a terrible price.

The Red Word captures beautifully the feverish binarism of campus politics and the headlong rush of youth toward new friends, lovers, and life-altering ideas. With strains of Jeffrey Eugenides's The Marriage Plot, Alison Lurie's Truth and Consequences, and Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons, Sarah Henstra's debut adult novel arrives on the wings of furies.

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ISBN : 0802126553
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Navidad rated it ★★★★☆

March 22, 2018

O sing of the American student body, glorious and young. We are the future!...Everyone on a university campus is equally young. We are all the same social class…We all wear the same clothes and listen to the same music…We are all giddy and hyperventilating in the superoxygenated atmosphere of att...

Robin rated it ★★★☆☆

February 28, 2018

I knew this wasn't a book that I was going to enjoy. I knew that going in, by reading the publisher's description. Just seeing the words "rape culture", I knew heavy, uncomfortable, stuff lay ahead of me. The story is Karen's. She's looking back to the 1990's, when she was a Canadian exchange stud...

Dannii rated it ★★★★★

December 31, 2017

I have closed my year by reading what ended up being one of my favourites! The synopsis cites this a 'campus novel', which it is, that takes a look at rape culture, which it does. The reality of this book, however, is something that no brief synopsis or review of mine could ever accurately portray...

Roman Clodia rated it ★★★★☆

September 06, 2017

Gender politics, sexualised violence, the institutionalised nature of misogyny are all hot topics in fiction, but this is one of the most complex and complicated (in a good way) treatments of these fraught questions that I've read. Set in a mid-1990s Ivy League university, this explores what happ...

Subashini rated it ★☆☆☆☆

March 20, 2018

This is a difficult book to review and I started out not knowing where I stand and what star rating to give it, but the more I think about it the more of a bad taste it leaves in my mouth. It’s hard to shake off what I think are some unconscious messages in the novel that seems to want to make ex...

Chris rated it ★★★★☆

November 15, 2017

Sarah Henstra, despite most marketing blurbs I've read, is not merely a fresh young voice graduating from her YA novel Mad Miss Mimic  (2015) to her debut adult novel The Red Word; she is a PhD-holding professor and graduate practicum director at Toronto's Ryerson University. Her specialization...

Aoife rated it ★★★★☆

February 27, 2018

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers/author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. TW Graphic sex, assault, excessive drink and drugs, suicide attempts, violence towards women. A powerful book focusing on a college student’s foray into feminism, women studies, co...

Alexa rated it ★★★★★

March 26, 2018

SOO GOOD. New favourite! I discovered this book a few months before it's release date and I was already hooked by the topics it said to cover. So, once I started reading The Red Word I thought, "wow, this is going to be dense" but once invested in the characters and the storyline it isn't dense at...

Andrea rated it ★★★☆☆

November 11, 2017

Thanks to Grove Atlantic/NetGalley for the ARC. The Red Word is a campus thriller which takes place at an elite school in the 1990s. The campus sections are interspersed with the present-day experiences of the narrator, Karen. Karen is a Canadian student who falls in with two hugely different group...

Dearna (Words of the Roses) rated it ★★★★★

March 09, 2018

Full review: “This is the trouble with myth. Each of us scoops out our own rotten core and spits it out on stage. We stand around the heap of smoking corpses and declare it fate.” Wow, I’m not sure what I was excepting from this book but it ended up being wa...

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