This is what happens - a novel by chris wind

How is it that the girl who got the top marks in high school ends up, at fifty, scrubbing floors and cleaning toilets for minimum wage, living in a room above Vera’s Hairstyling, in a god-forsaken town called Powassan?  

Feminist theorist Dale Spender wrote, in Women of Ideas and What Men Have Done to Them, “We need to know how patriarchy works.  We need to know how women disappear….”   Indeed we do.  Where are all the straight-A girls from high school?  Why, how, have they ‘disappeared’?  Marriage and kids is an inadequate answer because married-with-kids straight-A boys (of which, let’s acknowledge, there are fewer) are visible.  Everywhere.  Even the straight-B boys are out there.  So what happens?

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Magenta 2020
407 p
978-1-926891-74-3 (print)
978-1-926891-75-0 (pdf)
978-1-926891-76-7 (epub)


“Really enjoyed the novel. I like the use of a journal as the format to tell the story. … The author gives the reader lots of food for thought. An intense novel. ” Pam FitzGerald

“I find the writing style very appealing … An interesting mix of a memoir and a philosophical work, together with some amazing poetry. … This is what happens ranks in my top five of books ever read.” Mesca Elin, Psychochromatic Redemption

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