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About the Author
Louisa Hall grew up in Philadelphia. She is the author of the novels Speak and The Carriage House, and her poems have been published in The New Republic, Southwest Review, and other journals. She is a professor at the University of Iowa, and the Western Writer in Residence at Montana State University.
"In Hall's hands, "Frankenstein" evolves yet again, this time becoming a parable for a contemporary American dystopia of climate change, abortion restrictions, family separation, white supremacy, and, finally, covid...Her ultimate insight is resonant." -- The New Yorker
"Visceral...[Hall] writes the body with poetic clarity and beauty." -- The Guardian
"[A] visceral, chimerical genre bender." -- Vanity Fair
"Devastating and sharp." -- Los Angeles Times
"This book would be valuable if only for Hall's phantasmagorical depiction of childbirth and her honesty about how lonely mothering can be. But Hall also situates her story in a world in which gene-editing technology and climate change and global pandemics are real. Like Shelley herself, Hall provides readers a text composed of diverse parts, a text that readers can endlessly take apart and stitch back together to create new ideas. Body horror and philosophy commingle in this strange, enthralling novel." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Hall's prose is taut, each word impactful, each short chapter a meditation on what could be...These short chapters build a complex web of interconnectivity, showing the ways that our actions are shaped by the threats of pandemic and climate change as well as the politics, bounds and potential of scientific inquiry." -- BookPage
"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
"Reproduction will terrify and surprise. Hall's almost surreal meditation on pregnancy, childhood, parenthood and a planet on the brink of collapse has enough real-world horrors that you won't miss the slightly speculative televised ones."
-- Los Angeles Times