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Smart, blonde, and self-destructive, Elizabeth Mann thinks that leaving New York for a London travel-writing job will solve all her problems. She couldn't be more wrong: In a museum of medical curiosities at the Royal College of Surgeons, her daydreams over the skeleton of Jonathan Wild - a notorious eighteenth-century bounty-hunter - are interrupted by an encounter with Gideon Streetcar, an attractive gynaecologist with asthma and a low sperm count. As Elizabeth fast assumes the humiliating, exhilarating role of Gideon's secret mistress, her obsession with Jonathan Wild grows. At an auction she happens upon the diary of Wild's own mistress, who was also named Elizabeth Mann. Further tantalized by this coincidence, Elizabeth decides that with Gideon's help, she will give birth to the bounty-hunter's clone. An impressive debut, Heredity is a virtuoso tale about the world of fertility and genetic more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 22mm | 199.58g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1852428643
  • 9781852428648

About Jenny Davidson

Jenny Davidson was born in London in 1971 and raised in the United States. She teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and lives in New more

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"'The book is laced with veins of fascinating minutiae about grave robbing by early anatomists, the mechanics of vitro fertilization, even the pathology of syphilis' New York Times Book Review; 'Heredity is a marvelously entertaining work of intellectual and biological obsession - bawdy, audacious, and very funny' David Liss, author of The Coffee Trader and A Conspiracy of Paper; 'Drawing its author comparisons to writers from A.S. Byatt to Susanna Kaysen, Davidson's dark debut, Heredity, is the stuff of biology, love, and self-destruction - you know, like all the good books' Seattle Stranger"show more

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34 ratings
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5 12% (4)
4 35% (12)
3 38% (13)
2 9% (3)
1 6% (2)
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