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Author: Camille DeAngelis
ISBN13: 978-0307352590
Title: Mary Modern: A Novel
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Language: English
Category: United States
Publisher: Three Rivres Press; Reprint edition (June 24, 2008)
Pages: 359

Mary Modern: A Novel by Camille DeAngelis

A modern, heartwarming twist on Mary Shelley's classic, this compelling debut novel weaves an old-fashioned love story with modern science and leaves us wanting more. Surrounded by four generations of clothes, photographs, furniture, and other remnants of past lives, they are strangely out of touch with the modern world - except in the basement, where Lucy works in the high-tech lab she inherited from her father.

A remarkable debut novel, Mary Modern turns an unflinching eye on the joyous, heartbreaking, and utterly unexpected consequences of human desire. They say never judge a book by its cover but I broke that rule when it came to Mary Modern. I was studying at the library when I looked up and noticed this book on the shelf. I thought the cover was very pretty and the title was intriguing.

A frank and funny family drama questioning parental anxieties and life after fifty, Jumpy by April De Angelis premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in October 2011.

by Camille Deangelis.

Read "Mary Modern A Novel" by Camille DeAngelis with Rakuten Kobo. A remarkable debut novel, Mary Modern turns an unflinching eye on the joyous, heartbreaking, and utterly unexpected consequences of human desire.

Once Mary is "born" the book became much more interesting. I loved that the house had secret passages and all the old things that were left behind by the ancestors. I actually did not predict some of the twists that were revealed near the end of the book, though others who read this before me said it was predicable. I did not care for the political bits and all the discussion in the beginning about the science of cloning, but this was otherwise a pretty good book that I couldn't put down once it finally caught my interest. see all 2 descriptions).

Immaculate Heart: A Novel. Once acclimated, the modern Mary yearns for her lover from another time and asks Lucy to clone him, too. This compelling and horrific debut novel applies modern science to Shelley's Frankenstein, revealing again the awful truth about the relationship of creator to creation. Lucy's story of love and ambition will appeal not only to fans of gothic romance but also to book groups, whose discussions of bioethics, social responsibility, personal freedom, and the biological nature of memory will last into the wee hours.

Mary Modern" by author Camille DeAngelis is such a novel. Her main character is Lucy Morgan. However, all of those issues were secondary within the novel

Mary Modern Audiobook Written By Camille Deangelis. Surrounded by four generations of clothes, photographs, furniture, and other remnants of past lives, they are strangely out of touch with the modern worldexcept in the basement, where Lucy works in the high-tech lab she inherited from her father. Frustrated by her unsuccessful attempts to win tenure and bear a child, she takes drastic measures to achieve both: She uses a bloodstained scrap of apron found in the attic to successfully clone her grandmother. Naturally, Lucy is hoping for a baby. Instead, she brings to life 22-year-old Mary.

What an inventive and testing book: Mary Modern may be the strangest package of fictional illusions that I’ve encountered for a long time, but Camille DeAngelis has pulled off every trick with a confident, extravagant flourish. She is a writer/magician whose debut novel is learned, engrossing, incessantly surprising, and extraordinarily touching. Jim Crace, author of The Pesthouse and Being Dead. Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM, 2007

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.From the Hardcover edition.
Reviews: 7
Oh, I liked this book. I read it in a day, and have been thinking about it all weekend. The author has a nice touch in her writing style; its almost a bit old fashioned, which is really perfect for this book. The characters were very well drawn, and I came to care about them. The plot moved along quite well, with some interesting twists that I didn't see coming. I would compare this to some time traveling books as it deals with some of the same issues. It also brings up many issues that Mary Shelley addresses in Frankenstein, but in a way that is not quite so horrifying. The only caveat I'd have for readers is to make sure you are able to stretch your sense of belivability. It might be rather hard to do, but if you can, if you accept the unbelievable, you will enjoy the ride

I am giving it four stars only because of the political asides she gives. While I happen to agree with them, they really do nothing to furture the story, and the character writing them, while interesting, wasn't really necessary. But I'd recommend this, and look forward to reading her next book!
Mary Modern gets you thinking - for both sides of stem cell research, cloning issues - A young scientist wants to have a baby - she finds she cannot and instead of adopting, or normal means of artificial insemination, she takes blood from her beloved grandmother's apron and clones her - in a put together lab in the basement that her father built. There is an artificial womb, all life sustaining equipment - At first Lucy tries to carry the cloned child, but when the baby looks like it'll burst from Lucy, her boss, Megan perfoms a C-section and delivers a 6 yr. old girl and they finish gestation in the syn-womb. A fully grown 22 year old woman is finally 'born'. But there is a catch - the clone, Mary, has more humanity and feelings than all the other characters combined. Lucy finally consents to cloning Mary's long dead husband, and the process is indeed a Frankenstein like process - So Teddy and Mary together at last or are they?
This book brings the ethical issues of the time, as well as the humanity of tampering with life, death and all points inbetween.
The several revelations at the end of the book are very intriuging and shed some light on Lucy, and the cloning process - Then ending made me think of Rossum's Universal Robots -
The book is well written, but the only characters you really like are the clones. It doesn't really go into the humanity of wanting to clone, and the potential for abuse.
I really enjoyed this book! I have bought several books from Amazon and this book, I'd have to say, is my favorite out of all of them. I am not too interested when it comes to sci-fi, but this book changed that. I honestly could not put it down!

As a reader, you are constantly waiting for what happens next. The ending, in my opinion, was completely unexpected which just makes me wonder if there is going to be a sequel.

In short, you need to buy this book! You won't regret it!!
Lucy is a scientist specializing in genetics/cloning. Despite her modern career, she delights in the past and enjoys living in her ancestral home among the family antiques. She delights in raiding the closets for interesting outfits. We meet her as she has her first date with Gray, also a professor. He enjoys her quirks and her collection of boarders who apparently belong to a secret society involving vegetarianism (which has now lapsed) and abstinence. As Lucy and Gray's relationship progresses, Lucy decides that she wants a child. After being devastated by a miscarriage, Lucy takes matters into her own hands by using a bloodstain from her grandmother, eggs from her mother that her scientist father had frozen, and implants herself with an embryo. When things begin to go wrong, she asks the aid of her mentor/lab supervisor who was friends with her father. They dust off his artificial womb machine, and the child continues to grow at an alarming rate. Instead of a baby, Lucy now has a full grown adult to contend with, her grandmother as a young woman with her memories up to the time of the bloodstain intact. Mary is confused and disoriented by what has occurred and longs for her husband, who was killed in the war. She begs Lucy to bring him back as well, and Lucy must decide how much deeper she must go. In the meantime, outside forces are at work, with their own motivations on Lucy's procedure. The book takes a few interesting and unexpected twists. While the clues were there, it did surprise me. This was a clever and unique take on the "monster creation" story.
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It was a bit confusing when she discovers she (lucy) herself is a clone. Is she a clone of Lucinda, her mother?
And if she was a clone of Lucinda, then there are two Lucinda's in the same time period. Confusing.....I really enjoyed the book up until that point and then I was lost. The ending was a bit abrupt, and left the reader thinking as to what it meant,
If I had known it was going to end the way it did, I don't think I would have read the book.
This book could have been decent. Not spectacular, but decent. The plot was interesting enough and some characters were developed enough to be interesting.
Unfortunately, the author decided to randomly insert non sequitur political hit jobs every so often that completely ruined the book. It seemed like those were the purpose of the novel, which quickly became boring and irritating. If I want to read undergrad level political rants unrelated to anything, I can go read the comment section on any article on Yahoo. I really don't need them heavy handedly thrust into a book about cloning. A good editor should have told the author to throw them out.