Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Nine books that explore the weirder side of reproduction

Sara Flannery Murphy grew up in Arkansas, where she divided her time between Little Rock and Eureka Springs, a small artists’ community in the Ozark Mountains. She received her MFA in creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis and studied library science in British Columbia. She lives in Utah with her husband and her two young sons.

Murphy is the author of two novels: The Possessions (2017) and Girl One (2021).

At Lit Hub she tagged "nine books that prove, in different ways, that the question of how we get here is one of the richest topics in literature," including:
Joanne Ramos, The Farm

Ramos’s incisive novel isn’t a dystopia, as she points out in her author’s note. For all our scientific advances, artificial wombs still aren’t a reality. Ramos explores the ways that surrogates (often women of color) are exploited for their reproductive ability. Jane sees a financial lifeline in joining Golden Oaks, where she lives with other pregnant Hosts in a cushy but highly surveilled environment. Ramos explores tricky ethical considerations: for example, a religious Host whose clients request a termination, or the conflict Jane feels at being separated from her own daughter to gestate for anonymous one-percenters.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue