The Natural Way of Things is a book that wields its power like a wrecking ball, remaining all the more affecting because of the constancy of the scene in which it’s set. Charlotte Wood has been so adept at creating enough narrative to draw the reader along a flat plain of horror while the ideas around subjugation and spirit, oppression and potency, victimhood and strength, rigidity and resilience, cohere upon a group of women imprisoned for crimes that never were, except that in our so-called post-feminist world, women are still punished for. It is a story that requires the reader to investigate their emotions, and demands of them some strength of staying power. Don’t be fooled, this book is not what it seems and can only really be judged in its aftermath.


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