The year is 2011, the place, New York City. A mysterious microbe has begun to infect women of child-bearing age. Though the medical establishment writes it off as a simple flu, and the epidemic appears to be dying out, a young New York obstetrician confronts a conundrum. In the past year, the ratio of boys to girls born in her practice has declined precipitously. Dr. Deborah Kruger suspects the truth: that infected women are no longer able to give birth to male children.
With the help of her husband Larry,
a computer analyst, Deborah tracks the epicenter to New York City, from
which the infection is already bursting forth. And, as years pass,
despite hundreds of laboratories at work on it, the microbe continues to
overrun borders and envelop the Earth. With Science unable to stop it,
and the contagion rippling worldwide in an AIDS-like pandemic, how will
society cope in an increasingly female world?
some changes are inevitable. Companies hire more women; who assume more
leadership positions, replacing the male hierarchy with their own female
style of management, to great success. Among the younger generation,
monogamy is increasingly replaced by polygamy. Wars decrease. Crime
falls. Football attendance is down. Ballet is up.
three New York City families for an entire generation, each with its own
story. The blue-collar husband proves unable to deal with a wife who
has become the major bread-winner. The yuppie husband does well in his
career but cannot resist the temptations of a workplace with limitless
young women. His wife, turned off from men entirely, will leave him and
become a force to reckon with in her own right. And, along the way, the
children of all three families struggle to find mates and to secure
their own places in this new, topsy-turvy world. From Goodreads.
This book is by some described as a thriller, to me a thriller is a scary book and this is not scary. It is a story about the changes that happens when hardly any boys are born in a generation. Bonnie Rozanski has done a good job of describing different types of men and different types of women, how they interact and how they change when society is suddenly dominated by women. It is also about the moral of cloning. I enjoyed this book.
This book qualifies for:
100 books in a year Reading Challenge 2012,
Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge,
A-Z Book Challenge 2012,
2012 Ebook Challenge,
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