This is America,but not like you know it. Years after the decimation of the male population by a super-virusthe country has refashioned itself with new lawsnew customsand new methods of shame and punishment. Nowhiding a living and healthy male is one of the gravest offensesrivaled only by the murder of a man. Cole is a mother on the runguilty of both crimesand desperate to find a safe life for her adolescent boy Miles. As the two drift throughout the transformed states of the Westthey hide Miles’ identity while evading a mysteriouspowerful man bent on justice. From a commune in the Rockies to a high security laboratory in the redwoods of northern Californiathe two tensely negotiate an existence on the fringes of a new America. Cole’s goal for her son and herself is escapea family in South Africaa slim chance at a better life. Mother and child see their chanceat lastin the wanderings and secret goals of a cult–if only Cole can keep Miles’ true self hiddenand as long as they can stay one step ahead of an ex-boyfriend from hell. A brilliant blend of psychological suspenseAmerican noirand trenchant science fictionMOTHERLAND is the story that Lauren Beukes’ myriad fans have been waiting for.
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