Bernard Setaro Clark
In a post-pandemic world, Inez wanders, unexplainably immune to disease. To make a living, she volunteers as a test subject and is hired to provide her genetic material to a ...
In a post-pandemic world, Inez wanders, unexplainably immune to disease. To make a living, she volunteers as a test subject and is hired to provide her genetic material to a grieving mother, who lost all four of her daughters within a few weeks. The experimental process is policed by a cloudy network of governmental ethics committees and threatened by the Knights of Life, religious fanatics who destroy the rural farms where much of the experimentation is performed.
The affluent mother makes a last-minute decision and backs out, leaving Inez responsible for the product - a baby girl, Ani. Ani is a scientific breakthrough. To keep her alive and safe, Inez has to dodge authorities and religious zealots to provide Ani with the childhood Inez never had - a stable home and education.
The Only Ones is written with a stylish voice, influenced by Carola Dibbell's years of music writing. The story is time-tested, tender, and iconic. It is about the love we have for our children, however they come, as well as a smart commentary on class, politics, and the complexities of reproductive technology.
"Fascinating... A heart-piercing tale of love, desire and acceptance. Readers will be mesmerized by Dibbell’s staccato prose as much as they are by the harrowing circumstances this mother and child must endure."
"Breathtaking. [Dibbell has] delivered a debut novel on par with some of the best speculative fiction of the past 30 years; The Only Ones deserves to be shelved alongside Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Nalo Hopkinson's Brown Girl in the Ring, and P. D. James' The Children of Men. It's that good, and that important, and that heartbreakingly beautiful."
"A genre-bending work of punk-rock science fiction."
"Densely written but swiftly told, this first novel from rock critic Dibbell starts out as literary dystopia and ends up as a deft study of human identity, desperation, and longing."
"A well-known rock critic, Dibbell infuses her debut novel with the stylistic grace of a seasoned writer."
—Time Out New York
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