On Sale: 06/13/2023
On Sale: 06/13/2023
About the Book
A lucid, genre-defying novel that explores the surreality of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood in a country in crisis
A novelist attempts to write a book about Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, a mother and artist whose harrowing pregnancies reveal the cost of human reproduction. Soon, however, the novelist’s own painful experiences of pregnancy and childbirth, as well as her increasing awareness of larger threats from climate change to pandemic, force her to give up on the book and turn instead to writing a contemporary Frankenstein, based on the story of an old friend who mysteriously reappears in her life.
In telling a story that ranges from pregnancy to miscarriage to traumatic birth, from motherhood to the frontiers of reproductive science, Louisa Hall draws powerfully from her own experiences, as well as the stories of two other women: Mary Shelley and Anna, a scientist and would-be parent who is contemplating the possibilities, and morality, of genetic modification.
Both devastating and joyful, elegant and exacting, Reproduction is a powerful reminder of the hazards and the rewards involved in creating new life, and a profoundly feminist exploration of motherhood, female friendship, and artistic ambition.
“What a brilliant novel! I was moved, troubled, enchanted; hardly able to breathe as I read. Hall’s dazzling and original tale has the force of myth, embodying the monstrous challenges of reproducing in our strange new world.” — Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever and Natural History
"I read this novel in a single rapturous sitting, torn between the desire to hurtle through its hypnotic prose and the desire to reread every perfect sentence. Reproduction exquisitely captures the lunacy of inhabiting an animal body with a human mind, and somehow manages also to be gross, funny, heartrending, and formally acrobatic. Louisa Hall is a singular talent and I am a devotee." — Melissa Febos, author of Body Work and Girlhood
"A brave and dynamic novel about the creation of life and art--narratively free, compulsively readable, and true-to-life." — Tao Lin, author of Leave Society and Taipei
"Graceful, precise, and perceptive, this is a memorable take on the danger and strangeness of pregnancy." — Publishers Weekly-
- ISBN: 9780063283626
- ISBN 10: 006328362X
- Imprint: Ecco
- On Sale: 06/13/2023
- Trimsize: 5.500 in (w) x 8.250 in (h) x 0.810 in (d)
- Pages: 224
- List Price: $30.00
- BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
- BISAC2 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
- BISAC3 : FICTION / Family Life