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Girl One

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Hardcover, MCD × FSG, 2021
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Sara Flannery Murphy

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Orphan Black meets Margaret Atwood in this twisty supernatural thriller about female power and the bonds of sisterhood

Josephine Morrow is Girl One, the first of nine Miracle Babies conceived without male DNA on an experimental commune known as the Homestead. The Girls were raised in the shadow of controversy—plagued by zealots calling them aberrations and their mothers demons—until a devastating fire at the Homestead claimed the lives of three people, leaving the survivors to scatter across the United States.

Years later, upon learning that her mother has gone missing, Josie sets off on a desperate road trip, tracking down the only people who might help: her estranged sisters. Tracing clues her mother left behind, Josie joins forces with two of the Girls, and they journey back through their past, uncovering secrets about their origins and unlocking devastating abilities they never knew they had.

Girl One
combines the provocative imagination of Naomi Alderman’s The Power with the propulsive, cinematic storytelling of a Marvel movie. In her electrifying, wildly entertaining new novel, Sara Flannery Murphy delivers a rousing tale of love, ambition, power, and the extraordinary bonds of sisterhood.

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Follow the journey of Josie Morrow, a.k.a. Girl One

Illustrations by Adam Carnes

Art direction by Alex Reeves

  • "A grab-you-by-the-neck premise . . . Once Josie starts her quest, dystopian gender politics turn into supernatural hijinks."

    —Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times

  • "This is the superhero take on 1970s feminism that we never knew we needed—and after reading it, I’m a bit shocked it hasn’t been done before! . . . [An] Atwood-esque thriller."

    —Molly Odintz, CrimeReads

  • "If The Handmaid’s Tale and the Marvel Cinematic Universe had a baby, the result would probably look something like this feminist sci-fi thriller."

    —Keely Weiss, Harper's Bazaar

  • "Full of multiverse alternate-timeline feels, Girl One all but dares you to imagine what the world would look like if humanity had made massive changes to reproduction in the 1970s . . . This trippy, detective-style sci-fi thriller rewards readers who stick with it . . . It will leave you thinking about the power of choice and the importance of family."

    —Saira Mueller, Wired

  • “A genre-defying, thought-provoking thriller that is impossible to put down. Girl One is an engaging, timely exploration of identity and the power women possess when they band together.”

    —Kami Garcia, author of Beautiful Creatures

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