Date Published: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Post Hill Press
The Gender Wars won’t be fought with machines—they’ll be fought with people. And when the women of West America wage war with men in the East, it’ll be anything but unimaginative.
In East America, the most fertile women go through excruciating body- and mind-altering training until their identities satisfy that of the State. They are the “Nancys”—white hair, light eyes, and no way to differentiate themselves from their identical “sisters.” Nancy159 is fifteen. She’s auditioning to be the seventh wife of President X, the ruler of the Eastern States. If she wins, she’ll be married to the most powerful man in the world; if she loses, she’ll die.
Avis Baron is the daughter of the Luminary of West America. Recently, she stopped
taking her Amplexus pill, taken by all woman in W.A. to control their emotions. It turns
out there’s a lot she didn’t know a person could feel—especially the way she’s feeling
What is the source of a woman’s power? Does it come from fertility, like the Nancys suggest? Does it come from brute strength and cold calculation, like the West believes? Or could it just
be the simple beat of your own heartsong?
The world continues to collapse and the Gender Wars loom on the horizon…XX v. XY.
THE OVAL OFFICE IS FULL of rats. Apparently. I overheard Nancy18 say there’s been rats in it for hundreds of years; it’s a very old building. For this third round of the pageant, I have a dinner with President X, alone. I’ve never been alone with him before; we contestants have only spoken to him as a group. That happened when he came backstage during the first round of the pageant, to watch us change into our swimwear. I am nervous, because although the wives seemed to like me, what if they like another contestant better? Would they tell him their opinion? Does he care what they think? Could I lose? My life would be over. I am being quite literal. I have never seen a Nancy that lost a Lady’s Pageant afterwards. I don’t know that they are dead, but it would make sense. Of what use are they to us now?
Christina Cigala is a writer and producer residing in the wilds of Los Angeles. She writes and produces television for MTV, Fox, Syfy, Speed Channel, HGTV, VH1, Spike, and TruTV. As a playwright, her work has been widely produced in regional theaters, New York, and LA. She has an MFA in Playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York and a BA from Baylor University.
Bobby Goldstein is the president of Bobby Goldstein Productions and the creator of Cheaters, one of the longest-running syndicated shows in history, now airing daily in 215 U. S. markets and in over 100 foreign countries. Goldstein has become recognized for his ability to spot cultural trends and capitalize on rebellious ideas.