Monday, August 11, 2008

Mary Modern by Camille DeAngelis

First sentence:

"The house has no name, though it is quite grand enough to warrant one."


"Lucy Morrigan, a young genetic researcher, lives with her boyfriend, Gray, and a strange 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 blood stained 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 déjà vu: alive in a house 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 back cover

My thoughts:

This was a wonderful book about humanity and the role of memory. I liked the ethical dilemmas Lucy and Gray go through as well as the struggle Mary has in adjusting to a world 80 years in the future.

Date read: 7/26/2008
Book #: 49
Challenges: Summer Reading Thing Challenge 2008
Rating: 4*/5 = great
Genre: Fiction

ISBN-10: 0307352587
ISBN-13: 9780307352583
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Year: 2007
# of Pages: 352
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Kailana said...

I really liked this book when I read it earlier this year and the cover is fantastic! I will be interested to see what route they go with the paperback copy...

Karlene said...

This one sounds interesting. Thanks for the review.