The Fortress

By S A Jones

The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Natural Way of Things at a cocktail party thrown by Anais Nin.

A psychological examination of the dark heart of modern masculinity. The Fortress explores what male sexual submission looks like and how a female civilisation might operate. It wants to know if readers can be aroused by sex scenes that have nothing to do with female objectification – and even if such arousal is possible. It asks questions about consent, power, love and fulfilment in a pacey, explicit and confronting read.

The Fortress is about Jonathon Bridge, a successful businessman with a corner office, tailored suits and impeccable pedigree. When Jonathan’s pregnant wife discovers his indiscretions, and mistreatment of women, they agree that he should enter the self-sustaining city-state called The Fortress, where the indigenous inhabitants – the Vaik – are all women. While Jonathon enters voluntarily into The Fortress as a supplicant, in a bid to salvage his strained relationship, he is utterly unprepared for what will happen to him over the course of the year – not only to his body, but his mind and his heart.

Angela Meyer, Commissioning editor at Bonnier Australia calls it a ‘stunning, speculative novel, equal parts entertaining and moving, and one of the first books I’ve encountered with truly autonomous female characters’.
The Fortress will be released in April 2018.

Bonnier Publishing AU

The Fortress