Meg Elison / The Book of Etta
Join us for the launch of Meg Elison's anticipated second novel, The Book of Etta—a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Pick for Spring 2017!
Meg Elison’s Philip K. Dick Award-winning debut The Book of the Unnamed Midwife tells the story of an unnamed woman who survives a plague that, in weeks, wipes out most women and children, leaving 10 male survivors for every woman. Donning male clothing and making it her mission to provide the few surviving women with birth control and medical care, she must navigate her way through a world she once knew to find her place in a dangerous new one.
In her gripping sequel, The Book of Etta, Elison takes readers deeper into her post-apocalyptic world. The story continues many years after the midwife delivered her first child to survive birth. The inhabitants of Nowhere continue to struggle with vestiges of the plague that nearly wiped out earth’s population. Women are scarce and childbearing is dangerous, yet desperately necessary for humankind’s future.
While Mothers and midwives are considered sacred in Nowhere, Etta – a young transgender male – has a different calling as a scavenger. Taking the name Eddy, he roams the desolate territory beyond salvaging useful relics of the ruined past and braving the threat of brutal slave traders, who are seeking women and girls to sell and subjugate. When those he loves are put in danger, Eddy will risk both body and spirit not only to save lives, but also to liberate a new world’s destiny.
Elison continues to startle her readers with unexpected gender permutations and fascinating relationships worked out in front of a convincingly detailed landscape. -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Meg Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley. Her debut novel, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and writes like she’s running out of time.
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