The Gate to Women's Country is probably going to be a controversial choice of books. Yes, it's nominally science fiction (but not really). Yes, it's really a guy-bashing book (but not really). Yes, it can be hard to wrap your head around the living arrangements (but not really).
Roll with this one a bit. It's great for discussion. I'm not going to ask you to agree or disagree with any part of it. Just read, consider and tell me what you're thinking.
This is another book that has a tough first chapter. The main character does a lot of soppy introspection. Please roll with this also. The action starts fairly quickly after the first chapter.
Briefly, this is the story of a woman whose son has decided to join the military. She looks back over her life, to all the actions that have led her to this point in time.
Sounds kind of like an Oprah book? Well, not really.
After you read the book, I'd love to hear how you feel about my synopsis of the plot.