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The Cleft
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Harpercollins
Publication date August 1, 2007
Pages 260
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780060834869
ISBN-10 0060834862
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 8.50 in.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $25.95
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Summary
In an ancient society solely populated by women whose childbirth cycles are controlled by the moon, community harmony is thrown into jeopardy by the unheralded birth of a boy, whose existence brings into awareness the role of gender in virtually every aspect of daily life. 25,000 first printing.
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From Doris Lessing, "one of the most important writers of the past hundred years" (Times of London), comes a brilliant, darkly provocative alternative history of humankind’s beginnings.

In the last years of his life, a Roman senator embarks on one final epic endeavor, a retelling of the history of human creation. The story he relates is the little-known saga of the Clefts, an ancient community of women with no knowledge of nor need for men. Childbirth was controlled through the cycles of the moon, and only female offspring were born—until the unanticipated event that jeopardized the harmony of their close-knit society: the strange, unheralded birth of a boy.



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from Harpercollins (August 1, 2007)
9780060834869 | details & prices | 260 pages | 6.00 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $25.95
About: In an ancient society solely populated by women whose childbirth cycles are controlled by the moon, community harmony is thrown into jeopardy by the unheralded birth of a boy, whose existence brings into awareness the role of gender in virtually every aspect of daily life.
With Doris May Lessing | from Harpercollins Pub Ltd (January 2, 2007)
9780007233434 | details & prices | 288 pages | 5.75 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $28.50
This edition also contains The Cleft
About: Covers the themes that inspired much of the author's early writing: how men and women, two similar and yet thoroughly distinct creatures, manage to live side by side in the world, and how the specifics of gender affect every aspect of our existence.

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