Not sure if it's set in the future but:

  • Women live in a large city.
  • Men live outside but can visit during the day.
  • Marriages are temporary and controlled by the wives.
  • One character is a young woman who "sees".

This series has several books. I recall later in the series the society is struggling and another female character is put into suspended animation and awakened to give guidance when needed.

  • Thank you! Yes that is the book!
    – Heather
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 13:47

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This is The Homecoming Saga by Orson Scott Card. The city of women is called Basilica. Luet is the seer; the woman in suspended animation is Shedemei.


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