(A Green Woman Short Story)
By Jane Dougherty
The ending ceremony marks the end of a citizen’s useful life. For all except the High Castes there in no exception, no appeal.
In the Holy City State of Providence, the Elders’ regime shows no mercy to the newborn, allows no love, no grieving, no emotional attachment. It would be surprising if it treated its older citizens with respect. There are no surprises in Providence.
Enders is the story of a couple in their forties who have reached the end of their usefulness. Joshua and Antu are a typical couple who have lived all their adult lives together and still barely know one another. But even in Providence it is never too late to learn to love. And sometimes, even in Providence, the ending might not be exactly what everyone expects.
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
My Review: Antu has lived a harsh life, and now that life is coming to an end. She isn’t sick. She isn’t being executed as a criminal. She’s just no longer considered useful to Providence, and for that, she must die. As she struggles toward the end, not knowing the exact moment of her demise, but knowing it’s approaching soon, she begins to see life differently. She sees her husband differently. And, even though life has been cruel, and harsh, and full of pain, she isn’t quite ready to let go. Neither are the other Enders.
This is story that can be read as a supplement to the Green Woman Trilogy, or it can be read as a standalone. It’s a story about human dignity and the sheer courage people can find buried inside. Dougherty is a brilliant writer, a true artist. This story is thought-provoking and inspiring, but from Dougherty, I wouldn’t have expected any less.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars