The Only Ones by Carola Dibbell audiobook

The Only Ones

By Carola Dibbell
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In a postpandemic world, Inez wanders, inexplicably immune to disease. To make a living, she volunteers as a test subject and is hired to provide her genetic material to a grieving mother, who lost all four of her daughters within a few weeks. The experimental process is policed by a cloudy network of governmental ethics committees and threatened by the Knights of Life, religious fanatics who destroy the rural farms where much of the experimentation is performed. The affluent mother makes a last-minute decision and backs out, leaving Inez responsible for the product—a baby girl, Ani. Ani is a scientific breakthrough. To keep her alive and safe, Inez has to dodge authorities and religious zealots to provide Ani with the kind of childhood Inez never had—one with a stable home and education. The Only Ones is written with a stylish voice, influenced by Carola Dibbell’s years of music writing. This is a time-tested, tender, and iconic story about the love we have for our children, however they come, as well as a smart commentary on class, politics, and reproductive technology.

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Summary

In a postpandemic world, Inez wanders, inexplicably immune to disease. To make a living, she volunteers as a test subject and is hired to provide her genetic material to a grieving mother, who lost all four of her daughters within a few weeks.

The experimental process is policed by a cloudy network of governmental ethics committees and threatened by the Knights of Life, religious fanatics who destroy the rural farms where much of the experimentation is performed. The affluent mother makes a last-minute decision and backs out, leaving Inez responsible for the product—a baby girl, Ani.

Ani is a scientific breakthrough. To keep her alive and safe, Inez has to dodge authorities and religious zealots to provide Ani with the kind of childhood Inez never had—one with a stable home and education.

The Only Ones is written with a stylish voice, influenced by Carola Dibbell’s years of music writing. This is a time-tested, tender, and iconic story about the love we have for our children, however they come, as well as a smart commentary on class, politics, and reproductive technology.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Fascinating…A heart-piercing tale of love, desire and acceptance. Readers will be mesmerized by Dibbell’s staccato prose as much as they are by the harrowing circumstances this mother and child must endure.” Washington Post
“Breathtaking. [Dibbell has] delivered a debut novel on par with some of the best speculative fiction of the past thirty years; The Only Ones deserves to be shelved alongside Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring, and P. D. James’ The Children of Men. It’s that good, and that important, and that heartbreakingly beautiful.” NPR
“A well-known rock critic, Dibbell infuses her debut novel with the stylistic grace of a seasoned writer.” Time Out New York
“A genre-bending work of punk-rock science fiction.” Nylon
“Dibbell’s debut novel chillingly imagines the world in the wake of a global pandemic in the latter part of the twenty-first century…The book illuminates present-day paranoias, but it is further elevated by Dibbell’s trenchant attention to the corrosive nature of social and economic inequality.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Densely written but swiftly told, this first novel from rock critic Dibbell starts out as literary dystopia and ends up as a deft study of human identity, desperation, and longing.” Library Journal
“On the other side of Aldous Huxley’s brave new world is Carola Dibbell’s braver one, all the more unsettling (and maybe even more profound) for being not five hundred years from now but five minutes, in a time at once beyond our control and too immediate to escape. Brilliantly conceived, passionately defiant, deeply felt, The Only Ones introduces—in the form of central character Inez Fardo—one of the most memorable and compelling first-person voices in recent American fiction.” Steve Erickson, award-winning novelist, essayist, and critic
“This is an enthralling journey through a near future, plague-filled landscape, presented with such gritty clarity and such a darkly humorous eye for detail that it feels completely real. Inez’ deadpan account of her heroic struggle to keep her daughter alive in the ruins of Brooklyn and Queens—a devastated but curiously familiar world, filled with maddening school bureaucracies and public transport that never comes becomes a fantastic portrait of what it is to raise a child.” Mary Harron, director of I Shot Andy Warhol and The Notorious Bettie Page
“A bracing, tough-minded, farsighted novel about bravery and endurance, motherhood and the way life goes on even after the world ends. Every sentence pierces.” Kelly Link, award-winning author and editor
“At times, The Only Ones feels large, small, sweeping and intimate, scary and full of hope. Dense and vivid, smart and thought-provoking.” Charles Yu, author, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

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Author Bio: Carola Dibbell

Author Bio: Carola Dibbell

Carola Dibbell has had fiction appear in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Fence, and Black Clock. For thirty years, she wrote for the Village Voice, predominantly about music.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English