Mary Modern

Mary Modern

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Lucy Morrigan, a young genetic researcher, lives with her boyfriend, Gray, and an odd collection of tenants in her crumbling family mansion. Surrounded by four generations of clothes, photographs, furniture, and other remnants of past lives, Lucy and Gray's home life is strangely out of touch with the modern world--except for Lucy's high-tech lab in the basement.
Frustrated by her unsuccessful attempts to attain motherhood or tenure, Lucy takes drastic measures to achieve both. Using a bloodstained scrap of an apron found in the attic, Lucy successfully clones her grandmother Mary. But rather than conjuring a new baby, Lucy brings to life a twenty-two-year-old Mary, who is confused and disoriented when she finds herself trapped in the strangest sort of deja vu: alive in a home that is no longer her own, surrounded by reminders of a life she has already lived but doesn't remember.
A remarkable debut novel, "Mary Modern "turns an unflinching eye on the joyous, heartbreaking, and utterly unexpected consequences of human desire. "From the Hardcover edition."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 359 pages
  • 134 x 201 x 21mm | 263g
  • New York, NY, India
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0307352595
  • 9780307352590
  • 2,588,961

Review quote

""Mary Modern "has everything you look for in a book: smarts, style, and suspense. How often is it that you marvel at an author's literary skill while you feel that mad scramble to find out how it ends? It's a thrilling debut."
--Darin Strauss, author of "Chang and Eng "and "The Real McCoy
""A strange, strangely beautiful, and beautifully accomplished novel. Science, history, personal identity, and literature go into the blender, and what comes out is a nearly perfect mix."
--Ben Greenman, author of "Superbad "and "A Circle Is a Balloon and Compass Both
"What an inventive and testing book: "Mary Modern" may be the strangest package of fictional illusions that I've encountered for a long time, but Camille DeAngelis has pulled off every trick with a confident, extravagant flourish. She is a writer/magician whose debut novel is learned, engrossing, incessantly surprising, and extraordinarily touching."
--Jim Crace, author of "The Pesthouse "and "Being Dead""
" "From the Hardcover edition."
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About Camille Deangelis

Camille DeAngelis received an M.A. from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She lives in New Jersey. "From the Hardcover edition."
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734 ratings
3.43 out of 5 stars
5 17% (126)
4 32% (232)
3 34% (250)
2 12% (86)
1 5% (40)
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