A Novel

hardcover, 320 pages

Published May 4, 2021 by MCD.

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5 stars (2 reviews)

A triumphant, genre-bending breakout novel from one of the boldest new voices in contemporary fiction

Vern - seven months pregnant and desperate to escape the strict religious compound where she was raised - flees for the shelter of the woods. There, she gives birth to twins, and plans to raise them far from the influence of the outside world.

But even in the forest, Vern is a hunted woman. Forced to fight back against the community that refuses to let her go, she unleashes incredible brutality far beyond what a person should be capable of, her body wracked by inexplicable and uncanny changes.

To understand her metamorphosis and to protect her small family, Vern has to face the past, and more troublingly, the future - outside the woods. Finding the truth will mean uncovering the secrets of the compound she fled but also the violent history in America that produced …

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Sapphic found family scifi with horror overtones

5 stars

I found nothing to dislike about this book aside from one thing: I'd have liked to explore more about the main character's love interest's background. This is eminently forgiveable though. The writing is rich and lyrical and the world Solomon creates is recognizable and believable even as she populates it with fantastical creatures. Even as the main character becomes one of those creatures.