So what if all the unspoken rules and expectations for women under patriarchy were instead codified into law? That’s the world Johanna Sinisalo imagined in The Core of the Sun, and I was completely blown away by this novel. I felt like it described exactly the world I was born into and must navigate. I felt like it described my life in a much truer way than “realism” ever could.
I also really loved the style of the writing, with passages from magazines for women, their textbooks, and the laws governing women. I laughed A LOT. I’ll admit I struggled with the first chapter, but I’m glad I kept reading. By the third chapter, I couldn’t put it down.
After reading The Core of the Sun, I also read The Blood of Angels and Troll: A Love Story, both well-worth reading, with The Blood of Angels taking second place in my heart because of the attention to other animals and the environment, because of the bees!