Publication Date: 23/06/2022 ISBN: 9781526637475 Category:

Girl One

Sara Flannery Murphy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: 23/06/2022 ISBN: 9781526637475 Category:
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Her birth was mankind’s greatest breakthrough. Her life is man’s greatest threat.

Josephine Morrow is Girl One, the first of nine Miracle Babies conceived without male DNA on an experimental commune known as the Homestead.

The Girls were raised at the Homestead in the shadow of controversy – plagued by zealots calling them aberrations – until a suspicious fire claimed the lives of three people, leaving the survivors to scatter across the United States.

Years later, upon learning that her mother has gone missing, Josie sets off on a desperate road trip, tracking down the only people who might help: her estranged sisters. Tracing clues her mother left behind, they journey back through their past, uncovering secrets about their origins and unlocking devastating abilities they never knew they had. But someone out there is determined to stop Josie reaching the truth about what really happened at that ranch – and where her mother is now.

A rousing tale of love, ambition, power, and the extraordinary bonds of sisterhood, Girl One combines the provocative imagination of Naomi Alderman’s The Power with the compelling, atmospheric storytelling of The Girls.

Publisher Review

A gripping and original exploration of sisterhood and identity * Vogue * If The Handmaid's Tale and the Marvel Cinematic Universe had a baby, the result would probably look something like this feminist sci-fi thriller * Harper's Bazaar * Netflix, please make this into a series * Prima * Long fascinated by the idea of virgin birth, Sara Flannery Murphy has used the subject to craft her own chilling, page-turning speculative thriller * Living Magazine * A masterpiece of controlled tension and revelation * Daily Mail * A genre-defying, thought-provoking thriller that is impossible to put down. Girl One is an engaging, timely exploration of identity and the power women possess when they band together -- Kami Garcia, author of 'Beautiful Creatures' The novel may remind many of [The Handmaid's Tale], which is also set in a dystopian future and tackles issues of reproduction for women * Mail Online * A fantastic tale of a super-powered girl desperately searching for her missing mother * Take a Break * A highly imaginative and enjoyable novel that looks at motherhood, love and power, in a highly suspenseful and thrilling setting * Good Reading Magazine * I was swept away by this potent feminist speculative literary thriller. Part road trip and part detective story, with a tender queer love story at its heart, a cinematic scope, gothic sensibilities and a wounded rage thrumming under the surface, Girl One will blaze a path through your reading this summer -- Jane Healey, author of 'The Animals at Lockwood Manor' Girl One flares into the world with genetic possibilities and a bold remaking of history. A speculative feminist thriller of the highest order, Girl One is fresh, boundless and thought-provoking. Certain books and characters linger long after the final page. Josephine Morrow and her extraordinary journey is one you won't soon forget -- Mindy Mejia, author of 'Everything You Want Me To Be' and 'Strike Me Down' Sara Flannery Murphy's Girl One is both a heart-pounding, binge-worthy thriller and a riveting exploration of creation, consent, and the power of sisterhood -- Layne Fargo, author of 'They Never Learn' With a plot that races along, this is an imaginative and seductive supernatural novel that examines love, loss and terrifying obsession -- Praise for 'The Possessions' * Daily Mail * Murphy unspools a creepingly clever ghost story that encompasses thriller, horror and literary fiction with seductive swagger ... You're delivered into an entirely compelling world with all the intoxicating imagination and white-knuckle plotting of high-Victorian sensation fiction ... A simmering gothic joy -- Praise for 'The Possessions' * Guardian * As well as being a supernatural tale, brilliantly evoking a time not quite our own but almost, The Possessions is a meditation on love, obsession and grief. In an almost Kafka-esque world, Sara Flannery Murphy's subtle, spare and poised writing creates a gripping sense of threat that makes the book compelling reading -- Praise for 'The Possessions', Lucy Jago A masterful blend of sci-fi, thriller and feminism in this tale of power and sisterhood * Woman's Own *

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