They Is Us

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HarperCollins Publishers Limited, 2009 - Fiction - 282 pages
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Oryx & Crake meets Douglas Coupland. An unforgettable vision of the future of America.

Years from now America finds itself split between the rich and the poor. The haves live in luxury within the small regions that remain unpolluted while the have-nots inhabit a toxic suburbia full of terrorism, crime and genetic mutations.

Perhaps not all that different from today then?

They Is Us tells the story of one family from the poor side as they go about their daily lives. Julie has a job as a summer intern at an animal laboratory. She can't resist taking home the discarded mutants and her house is filled with genetic cast offs. Her mother, Murielle, has kicked out her stepfather and now, seemingly from nowhere, finds herself subject to the attentions of multi-millionaire businessman A.J.M. Bishrop. Bishrop is only dating Murielle because he wants to get Julie's underage sister Tahnee into bed.

Just your typical American family story.

Set against a backdrop of increasingly invasive technology, growing pollution and the President of the USA's impending gay marriage (to be broadcast live across the nation) They Is Us features a cast of unforgettable characters that will stick in your mind long after you finish the book.

Tama Janowitz has written a prophetic novel which is funny, and frequently hilarious, but is so uncannily believable that it is chilling to read. This really could be the future.

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I found this book so enigmatic and intriguing. I loved the ideas behind it and I loved the bare bones of the story. What I didn't like was the writing. It was so hard to read and felt more like ... Read full review

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Just not in the mood for this much strangeness, and the flies really grossed me out. Read full review


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About the author (2009)

Tama Janowitz vaulted to literary stardom with the bestselling Slaves of New York, becoming "the Most Talked About Writer of the Year" according to Women's Wear Daily. Her stories have appeared in such diverse magazines as the New Yorker, Paris Review, Spin, Bomb, and Interview. Her other titles include A Certain Age and Peyton Amberg. She lives in New York City.

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