By Jessica Chiarella
Within the spirit of Station 11 and The Age of Miracles, this interesting literary debut novel imagines the results whilst 4 traditional people are granted an opportunity to proceed their lives in genetically excellent types in their former bodies.
Would you reside your existence otherwise in case you got a moment likelihood? Hannah, David, Connie, and Linda—four terminally ailing patients—have been chosen for the SUBlife pilot application, on the way to provide them brand-new, genetically excellent our bodies which are distinct copies in their former selves—without a unmarried imperfection. Blemishes, scars, freckles, and wrinkles have all disappeared, their fingerprints are diversified, their imaginative and prescient is impeccable, and most significantly, their health problems were cured.
But the clean commence they’ve been given is whatever yet excellent. with no their outdated our bodies, their new actual identities were misplaced. Hannah, an inventive prodigy, has to relearn how one can carry a broom; David, a Congressman, grapples together with his outdated conduct; Connie, an actress whose lovely appears are restored after a prolonged disorder, attempts to navigate an keen about actual attractiveness; and Linda, who spent 8 years paralyzed after a vehicle twist of fate, now struggles to reconnect with a kin that turns out to have equipped a brand new lifestyles with no her. As every one attempts to re-enter their prior lives and relationships they're confronted with the query: how a lot of your identification rests not only on your brain, yet on your center, your physique?
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And Again: A Novel by Jessica Chiarella