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Guest Blogger: When Being Thrifty With Words Matters

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This sentence has five words. This entire review has 485.  Jean’s limit is 100 words per day.   In her debut novel Vox, Christina Dalcher (Penguin) imagines an America where every female must wear a wrist counter that keeps track of the number of words they speak. Sort of a like a compulsory Fitbit, except this device measures words, not steps – and, oh yeah, it zaps you with increasing jolts of electricity if you go above the limit. Non-verbal communication (sign language, writing of any kind, pantomiming) is also forbidden. Books are banned. Of course, these restrictions only apply to those born without a Y chromosome. A typical dinner at Jean’s house is a chatty affair: she has a husband…

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