Book Club: 'Woman on the Edge of Time' (1976)

3.00PM Wed 17 Aug 2022
VIRTUAL | Ticketed

Discuss art, life, culture and creativity from the comfort of your own home at the QAGOMA Members Virtual Book Club or join us at one of the meetings at the Gallery. From June to August, titles on the reading list will connect to, contextualise and complement ideas presented in ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’.

'Woman on the Edge of Time' (1976) by Marge Piercy

  • Session 1: Wed 17 Aug, 3.00pm | Virtual
  • Session 2: Thu 18 Aug, 10.30am | On-site
  • Session 3: Sat 27 Aug, 3.00pm | On-site

Hailed as a classic of speculative fiction, Marge Piercy's landmark novel is a transformative vision of two futures — and what it takes to will one or the other into reality. Harrowing and prescient, Woman on the Edge of Time speaks to a new generation on whom these choices weigh more heavily than ever before.

Connie Ramos is a Mexican American woman living on the streets of New York. Once ambitious and proud, she has lost her child, her husband, her dignity — and now they want to take her sanity. After being unjustly committed to a mental institution, Connie is contacted by an envoy from the year 2137, who shows her a time of sexual and racial equality, environmental purity and unprecedented self-actualisation. But Connie also bears witness to another potential outcome: a society of grotesque exploitation in which the barrier between person and commodity has finally been eroded. One will become our world. And Connie herself may strike the decisive blow.

  • Virtual Book Club: Free for Members / $5 Members’ guests
  • On-site Book Club: $12 Members / $17 Members’ guests

June – August Reading List

  • An Artist of the Floating World (1986) by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Empathy Exams (2014) by Leslie Jamison
  • Woman on the Edge of Time (1976) by Marge Piercy

Members receive 20% off current and past Book Club titles from the QAGOMA Store.


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