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Ebook Details
  • 06/2016
  • B01EZ4B0VE
  • 218 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 07/2016
  • 9781533006592
  • 218 pages
  • $9.99
Jim Nelson
Author
Bridge Daughter
Jim Nelson, author

Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

Young Hanna thinks her thirteenth birthday will be no different than the one before—until her mother explains the facts of life. Hanna is a “bridge daughter,” born pregnant with her parents’ child. In a few months she will give birth and die, leaving her parents with their true daughter.

A mature bookworm who dreams of college and career, Hanna is determined to overcome her biological fate. Navigating through a world eerily like our own, she confronts unyielding attitudes and instinctive fears as old as humankind itself.

Then Hanna learns of an illegal procedure that will allow her to live to adulthood…at the cost of the child’s life.

Reviews
Nelson (Edward Teller Dreams of Barbecuing People) smoothly realizes a provocative alternate present seen through the eyes of naive adolescent Hanna Driscoll. Her eagerly awaited 13th birthday turns horrifying when Hanna learns she is a bridge daughter: she was born pregnant with her parents’ “real” child and will give birth to her this year, dying when the umbilicus is severed. Hanna has not lived the traditional existence of other bridge daughters in her California suburb, who are forced to serve as household drudges and deprived of education and affection, and the discovery shocks her. After she tries to run away, her mother starts treating her more harshly. Hanna has a quick, educated mind and a sense of herself as a worthy individual, and she becomes determined to fight her biology, but time is running out as the child grows within her. The concept of bridge daughters strains logic at first, but Nelson makes it plausible by having Hanna (and readers) learn the details slowly and weaving in a variant Christianity in which the stories of biblical bridge daughters (including Mary) shape cultural norms. Hanna is an engaging protagonist, and her thought-provoking story blends action, introspection, and social commentary in a stark but indirect critique of efforts to control female bodies and restrict reproductive rights. (BookLife)
Jeanz Book Read 'n' Review

Would I want to read another book in the series? Yesss! I would read the next book now if I could. In my opinion this book genuinely is a strong start to a potentially brilliant series. so I definitely want . . no need to read more.

Would I want to read other titles by Jim Nelson? I will certainly take a look at anything written by this author, especially if it is more like titles similar to this.

The Hungry Bookworm

“A strong character, I found myself sympathizing with Hanna and rooting for her until the very end.”

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 06/2016
  • B01EZ4B0VE
  • 218 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 07/2016
  • 9781533006592
  • 218 pages
  • $9.99

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