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The Birth Yard

A Novel
Written by: Mallory Tater
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
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A debut novel for readers and listeners of The Handmaid's Tale and The Girls, The Birth Yard is a gripping story of a young woman's rebellion against the rules that control her body

Sable Ursu has just turned 18, which means she is ready to breed. Within the confines of her world, a patriarchal cult known as the Den, female fertility and sexuality are wholly controlled by Men. In the season they come of age, Sable and her friends Mamie and Dinah are each paired with a Match with the purpose of conceiving a child. Sable is paired with Ambrose, the son of a favoured Man in the Den. Others are not so lucky.

In their second trimester, girls are sent to the Birth Yard, where they are prepared for giving birth and motherhood, but are also regularly drugged and monitored by their midwives. Sable is unable to ignore her unease about the pills they are forced to swallow and the punishments they receive for stepping out of line. Too many of the girls, including Mamie and Dinah, have secrets and it is impossible to know whom to trust. When Sable's loyalty is questioned and her safety within the Den is threatened, she must rebel against the only life she has ever known - the only life she has been designed for.

Mallory Tater weaves an intricate narrative, equal parts suspense and action, while twisting contemporary social anxieties to dizzying extremes. She meticulously deconstructs the intricate relationships between womanhood, government, and the female body. A startling and important debut novel, The Birth Yard echoes Margaret Atwood's dark and cautionary classic The Handmaid's Tale. But this is no dystopian world; there is no totalitarian government. The Den exists now.

©2020 Mallory Tater (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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great story

loved it and hadn't been certain I would when I read the blurb. definitely try this one.

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Lacklustre and disappointing

This had the potential to be a great story, but ended up being monotonous and dragged out. Overall, disappointing.

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wow! a must read!

From start to finish the lives and trials of these brave women grabbed my attention. Cliffhanger ending tells me there must be a second novel coming . The horrible things they had to endure while pregnant will bring you to tears. A must read!
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One of the best books I have listened to this year

The narrator did a great job. The story was fantastic. I was saddened to see the author didn't have more books.

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I couldn’t stop listening.

While current society is ousting The Men for their behaviour, this story is a stark reminder of how quickly and easily women give their power to men. And how men take it. Hearing the brave and courageous Sable question her life, teachings and what her true thoughts were eye opening and deep. I felt connected to her and was rooting for her through the whole book.