Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Nine titles 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).

[My Book, The Movie: The PossessionsThe Page 69 Test: The PossessionsWriters Read: Sara Flannery Murphy (March 2017).]

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:
Bina Shah, Before She Sleeps

Usually, when we discuss the dangers of forced plural marriage, we focus on polygamy. Shah goes with the reverse. After an endemic strain of HPV shifts the gender balance, the surviving women are tasked with reproducing with as many husbands as possible. Those who rebel against a life of constant pregnancy and government-assigned husbands can go underground, but even these rebels must provide illicit services to men to get by, offering emotional support for a single evening. Whether repopulating the earth or doling out empathy, the women in Shah’s future are only valued in ways that harm them.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue