Sleeping In Trees
In a future matriarchal society, Prittesse falls in love with Edward. But love has been banned in this society. It’s illegal for a female to treat a male as an equal. In fact, it’s punishable by death…for the male. Edward wants nothing to do with Prittesse, but he’s slowly drawn into her desperate escape plan.
Edward has never met a woman who was more interested in him as a person than she was in his designated function as a Provider of Female Needs. Up to that time, his life had been an endless torment of empty liaisons with women who could kill him without consequence, should he displease them in slightest way. Prittesse starts Edward’s rites of passage into “manhood,” a banished concept in their culture.
Sleeping in Trees explores the beginnings of romance, in a culture that has outlawed love; manhood, in a civilization that has neutered most of its males; and femininity, in a world of female chauvinism. The story’s social commentary edge is sheathed by Edward and Prittesse’s perilous escape into the beast-ridden wilderness, pursuing the lost ideal of love.