I am in complete shock.
My heart is racing. Louise Erdrich, Minnesotan author of The Round House (National Book Award) and The Plague of Doves (finalist, Pulitzer Prize), has written a horrifying thriller rooted in our own city. For reasons unclear to me (but likely related to global warming, pollution, and Scott Pruitt’s EPA agenda), evolution is running backward. Let me say that again: evolution is running backward. Babies are born with genetic traits characteristic of early human species (think homo neanderthalensis, homo habilis, and homo erectus). Because the women in Erdrich’s novel are pregnant with a different species, they have severe allergic reactions to the fetus (often resulting in death during childbirth). Future Home of the Living God reminds me of Handmaid’s Tale. The Washington Post titled their review of Erdrich’s novel, “Do We Need Another Handmaid’s Tale?” Perhaps it’s because I haven’t read Atwood in a long time, but I think Future Home of the Living God is a refreshing and terrifying take on state control of the female body. This is one of the best books I’ve read in 2017.