Mary Modern: A Novel
Title: Mary Modern: A Novel
Author: Camille Deangelis
Frustrated by her unsuccessful attempts to become pregnant, genetic researcher Lucy Morrigan — living with her boyfriend in her family’s crumbling old family mansion — successfully clones her grandmother from a blood stain on an old apron, but instead of a baby, she brings to life a twenty-two-year-old woman, confused by the modern world and by the remnants of lives she cannot remember.
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-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 déjà 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.
A remarkable debut novel, Mary Modern turns an unflinching eye on the joyous, heartbreaking, and utterly unexpected consequences of human desire.