This book utterly outwore my patience. Not much plot and lousy characters. And, of course, the politics. That women are people is fine sentiment, but I think it would take more than one real character to get that across. The main characters personal-growth-via-embracing-ancient-wisdom-of-natives story is not somehow less annoying and reductionary if they're all women. In turn, it makes women less - the lack of any characters who do something other than tell Marge how wonderful she is makes the society of Jeep too idealized, too sweet, too new age hippy dippy for my taste. Yes, as a woman. I can be a person with men around too.