Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.
(? - ) US journalist and author whose first work of fiction, If You're Not Yet Like Me (2010 chap), is a novella whose narrator addresses her thoughts and memories to her unborn child. Her first full-length novel, California (2014), is sf, set in a moderately distant Near Future California transformed by economic scarcity, the dissolution of effective government, and general Climate Change into a Dystopian territory dominated by "Communities" (Orwellian doublespeak for "Gated Communities"). After being vicariously involved in the catastrophic destruction of a vast shopping mall, a young couple escapes Los Angeles in search of haven through a desert terrain pockmarked, in Ruined Earth fashion, by middens impacted with the junk of our fallen civilization; and find a restrictive Keep called the Land, an "ideal" community already riven by hierarchy, strictures about Sex, an inexorable repression of women (see Feminism; Women in SF) and other doctrinal obsessions. Her second novel, Woman No 17 (2017) is a nonfantastic noir psychological thriller. [JC]
- If You're Not Yet Like Me (Sacramento, California: Flatmancrooked, 2010) [novella: chap: pb/]
- California (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2014) [hb/Pim Vuik]
- Woman No 17 (London: Hogarth Press, 2017) [hb/]
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