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Connie Ramos is a poor, overweight, Chicana woman living in 1970s New York. Her husband has died and she lonely. Her only close relationship is with her niece, who is a prostitute. After Connie attacks her niece's abusive boyfriend, she is found insane and committed to a mental institution.
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Connie believes that she can communicate with people living in the year 2137. The future society is idealistic and somewhat communal. People live in forests and farm the surrounding land, being careful not to harm the environment. There is no sexism, and even the pronouns "he/she" and "him/her" have been eliminated, being replaced with the gender-neutral "per". There is no pregnancy, and children have three parents. Both men and women are able to breast-feed the infants.

The doctors at the mental hospital decide to try an experimental brain surgery on Connie, who is terrified and plans to escape.

The reader is left to decide whether Connie's visits to the future are real or are a product of her own mind.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   living in dreamworld Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Battle with a psychiatrist    -   Yes Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Forest?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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