Winner, Oregon Book Award for Fiction, 2019
Shortlisted, Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, 2019
Shortlisted, Neukom Literary Arts Award for Speculative Fiction, 2019
New York Times Editors’ Choice
Washington Post Notable Book of 2018
Best Books of 2018, The Atlantic
Best Books of 2018, Huffington Post
Best Books of 2018, Entropy
Best Books of 2018, New York Public Library
Best Feminist Fiction of 2018, Autostraddle
Indie Next selection
Most Important Books of the 21st Century So Far, Vulture
Best Book of 2018 Finalist, Goodreads
Best Novels of 2018 So Far, TIME
"Her talent is electric. Get ready for a shock."
"A lyrical & beautifully observed reflection on women's lives."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
"A page-turning plot is rendered in sentences as gorgeous & wise as poems."
"A thoughtful, complicated picture of womanhood—and a fierce argument for individual choice."
"Leni Zumas’s fierce, well-formed, hilarious, and blisteringly intelligent novel [is] squarely a piece of Trump-era art."
“It’s brilliant stuff, and the woods surrounding the witchy herbalist character are both glittering and informed. … To read this is to feel Leni Zumas knows everything.”
EILEEN MYLES in Vulture
“Ambitious, innovative, and utterly absorbing. It’s political without being pedantic, experimental without being obscure. Zumas manages multiple voices and points of view with aplomb, in darkly comic prose that is never less than a delight to read. Red Clocks entertains, instructs, and enrages, sometimes in the same sentence—it’s terrific.”
J. ROBERT LENNON, Judge, Oregon Book Award for Fiction
"Strange and lovely and luminous. I loved Red Clocks with my whole heart."
KELLY LINK, Get in Trouble
"Leni Zumas here proves she can do almost anything. Her tale feels part Melvillian, part Lydia Davis, part Octavia Butler—but really Zumas’s vision is entirely her own. Red Clocks is funny, mordant, baroque, political, poetic, alarming, and inspiring—not to mention a way forward for fiction now.”
MAGGIE NELSON, The Argonauts
”Move over Atwood, Leni Zumas's Red Clocks is a gender-roaring tour de force. The bodies of women in Red Clocks are each the site of resistance and revolution. I screamed out loud. I pumped my first in the air. And I remembered how hope is forged from the ground up, through the bodies of women who won't be buried.”
LIDIA YUKNAVITCH, The Book of Joan
“Hilarious, terrifying, and masterful—Red Clocks reflects the horror and absurdity of our political landscape with a brilliance that ensures the book's timelessness. It's as riotously fun as it is chilling. Zumas has produced a poignant, wickedly sharp classic.”
ALISSA NUTTING, Made for Love
“The women in this suspenseful book resist. They will not be circumscribed. The effect on the reader is cathartic.”
CHRISTINE SCHUTT, Pure Hollywood
“In bristling sentences, Leni Zumas shows girls and women defying the excruciating restrictions imposed by both law and culture. Red Clocks is unabashedly political and fiercely humane."
EMILY FRIDLUND, History of Wolves
"Anthem without manipulative soar, just a hummable unforgettable tune you believe in."
EUGENE LIM, Dear Cyborgs
"A reckoning, a warning, nothing short of a miracle."
"This provocative exploration of female longing, frustration and determination couldn't be more timely, yet there's nothing fleeting about it."
THE WASHINGTON POST
"A spooky-good novel of ideas."
"What gives Red Clocks it lingering pungency is how, despite each character's distinct circumstances, the same features—pregnancy, motherhood, and social expectations—trap and menace them all."
"Wry and urgent, defiant and stylish, Zumas's braided tale follows the intertwined fates of four women whose lives this law irrevocably alters."
"Poetic and terrifying...You'll thrill to Zumas's well-crafted sentences, but prepare to get angry."