In 1980, the east coast publication Cheri was riding high. A sizable circulation led to significant revenue that allowed for regular cross-country travel for its stories. As a result, this fifth year of the magazine reads like a sex atlas of America.
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In search of liberation, Piercy increasingly turns towards the past, with City of Darkness, City of Light (1996) about the French Revolution or Sex Wars (2006), about first-wave feminists in post-Civil War New York. But, her most interesting novel is Woman on the Edge of Time (1976), which draws on a feminist utopian tradition to imagine genuine human liberation. The novel tells the story of Connie, a woman confined to a mental hospital after defending a woman from a forced, illegal, and life-threatening abortion. While institutionalized, she is visited by representatives of Mattapoisett, a future utopian world where gender differences have been all but eliminated (they use gender-neutral pronouns, person and per), free love abounds, and children are raised collectively. It is a fascinating novel, which shows an attempt of radicals to imagine a world beyond capitalism in which people collectively run their own society in their own interests. 2b1af7f3a8