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Falling As She Sings

by CJ Sursum


What if women could control men’s bodies?

The dystopian novel that turns The Handmaid’s Tale on its head.

In the not-so-distant future, the rise of terrorist organizations leads to a new and chilling subjugation of women. But before civilized society breaks down completely, a once-powerful woman uses her accumulated wealth to construct a massive, walled-in enclave, outfitting it with the resources and technology to be self-contained and self-sustaining.

Her one requirement: only women are allowed inside. Disdaining men, the avowed Vestals lead insulated, mannered lives of culture and ease, free of the burden of husbands and children. Outside the walls, men have devolved into feral, violent Brutes roaming the wilderness. The Vestals need access to them for one purpose only—to reproduce themselves.

But Menna, the Vestal scientist in charge of breeding, makes a disastrous mistake while extracting one captured Brute’s seed, leading to disturbing interactions that shatter her preconceptions of Brutes, and make her question her own desires. She finds herself pitted against the only love she’s ever known.

Powerful and profound, Falling as She Sings is at once science fiction adventure, spiritual thriller, and visionary love story. It’s a searching, funny commentary on the eternal, yet ever fresh and compelling forces driving relationships between the sexes.


“Great read. Radical theology of the body in a futuristic, page-turning tale.” —Martin de Porres Kennedy, author of A Philadelphia Catholic in King James’s Court.

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