When She Woke is, in its simplest terms, a futuristic retelling of The Scarlet Letter. This sophomore novel from Mudbound author Hillary Jordan takes Hawthorne's classic several steps further, turning it into a pointed, blunt warning about the consequences of an America run by the church, not... read more
“Even if your parents hadn't monitored her port for forbidden downloads, she would still have preferred to read real books. She liked the smell of them and the weight of them in her hands, liked turning the pages that other hands had turned before her and imagining that went with them.”Hannah
“I don't believe in this God of theirs, this pissed off, macho God of the Bible. How can such a being exist? It is impossible?”Simone
“If swans weren't real, myths'd make them up.”
Earlier in the book, the name of the abortionist is Raphael; however, beginning on page 256 in the hardback edition, the spelling changes to Rafael.
***Aforementioned was not errata but by design. Hannah realized the man who performed her abortion was named for Rafael Patino, assassinated for vetoing SOL laws in Florida, and not the archangel Raphael as she had been thinking of him. So, after the realization, the spelling shifted to reflect her new understanding.
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