Saturday December 7, 2019

Discovering love in a matriarchal dystopia

FICTION: About Sisterland. By Martina Devlin. Ward River Press, €17.25.

21st August, 2015
Martina Devlin: imagining a future world where male children are disposed of

In the last two years there have been two radical fictional visions of the future of female life from two very different Irish authors. Louise O’Neill’s debut novel, Only Ever Yours, published last year, imagines a world where women are bred solely to please men.

Segregated until they come of age as concubines (or teachers if they fail to achieve the womanly ideal), O’Neill’s novel sets a group of teenagers on...

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