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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon April 1, 2015 - 9:46am

'The Only Ones' by Carola Dibbell

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Synopsis: Inez wanders a post-pandemic world, strangely immune to disease, making her living by volunteering as a test subject. She is hired to provide genetic material to a grief-stricken, affluent mother, who lost all four of her daughters within four short weeks. This experimental genetic work is policed by a hazy network of governmental ethics committees, and threatened by the Knights of Life, religious zealots who raze the rural farms where much of this experimentation is done.

When the mother backs out at the last minute, Inez is left responsible for the product, which in this case is a baby girl, Ani. Inez must protect Ani, who is a scientific breakthrough, keeping her alive, dodging authorities and religious fanatics, and trying to provide Ani with the childhood that Inez never had, which means a stable home and an education.

With a stylish voice influenced by years of music writing, The Only Ones is a time-old story, tender and iconic, about how much we love our children, however they come, as well as a sly commentary on class, politics, and the complexities of reproductive technology.

Author: Carola Dibbell is a highly regarded rock critic whose fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Fence, and Black Clock. Writing about books as well as music, Dibbell was a Village Voice contributor for many years. The Only Ones is her debut novel.

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This book came as a recommendation. I had never heard of the book, nor the author. But after reading about both, I'm really excited to get into it. The story sounds great. And flipping through it, the writing is on point. So, yeah, I can't wait to see what you guys think of it.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon May 12, 2015 - 2:10pm

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I'm about halfway through this book and I love the voice. Is anybody else reading this?

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