Mary Modern Author:Camille DeAngelis Lucy Morrigan, a young genetic researcher, lives with her boyfriend, Gray, and an odd collection of tenants in her crumbling family mansion. Surrounded by four generations of clothes, photographs, furniture, and other remnants of past lives, Lucy and Gray's home life is strangely out of touch with the modern world--except for Lucy's high... more »-tech lab in the basement.
Frustrated by her unsuccessful attempts to attain motherhood or tenure, Lucy takes drastic measures to achieve both. Using a bloodstained scrap of an apron found in the attic, Lucy successfully clones her grandmother Mary. But rather than conjuring a new baby, Lucy brings to life a twenty-two-year-old Mary, who is confused and disoriented when she finds herself trapped in the strangest sort of deja vu: alive in a home that is no longer her own, surrounded by reminders of a life she has already lived but doesn't remember.« less
An amazing first novel. We get to know Lucy, a geneticist, who is working with genetics in her basement laboratory (left to her by her parents). Lucy longs for a child and when unable to have one, she turns to cloning. What follows is a heart-breaking story of love and unintentional consequences. There are two major twists near the end- neither of which I saw coming! I highly recommend.