Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin
From an exciting new voice in contemporary Irish literature comes a lyrical coming-of-age tale about friendship, ambition, and creation in the face of destruction.
Nell Crane has never held a boy’s hand.
In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts – an arm, a leg, an eye – Nell has always been an outsider. Her father is the famed scientist who created the biomechanical
limbs that everyone now uses. But she’s the only one with her machinery on the inside: her heart. Since the childhood operation, she has ticked. Like a clock, like a bomb. And as her community rebuilds, everyone is expected to contribute to the society’s good… but how can Nell live up to her father’s revolutionary ideas when she has none of her own?
Then she finds a lost mannequin’s hand while salvaging on the beach, and inspiration strikes. Can Nell build her own companion in a world that fears advanced technology? The deeper she sinks into this plan, the more she learns about her city—and her father, who is hiding secrets of his own.
Set in a future Dublin, Sarah Maria Griffin’s haunting literary debut will entrance fans of Patrick Ness’s CHAOS WALKING series, Paolo Bacigalupi’s SHIP BREAKER, and Emily St. John Mandel’s TATION ELEVEN. A poignant and beautiful fiction debut that gently blurs genre lines, SPARE AND FOUND PARTS joins Titan Books’ contemporary crossover fiction line alongside authors such as Charlie Jane Anders, V.E. Schwab and Christina Henry.
“A unique, feminist coming-of-age novel, set in a fascinating post-technology world. Clever, beautifully written and compelling. I loved it.” – MARIAN KEYES, author of THIS CHARMING MAN
“A sweet and darkly hopeful tale of what it takes to build love.” – KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE, author of A GIRL OF INK AND STARS and THE ISLAND AT THE END OF EVERYTHING
“This is a writer of such natural vivacity and spark, such eloquence and invention. This debut delivers fully on its own terms, and promises much more to come.” – KEVIN BARRY, author of CITY OF BOHANE
“Sarah’s gorgeous language draws you into her frighteningly believable near-future. This story is a dark and fierce thing, but one that also has much to say about hope and human
ingenuity.” – JOSEPH FINK, co-author of WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE
“The kind of writing that makes you want to want to turn page after page blocking the bookstore aisle.” – JEFFREY CRANOR, co-author of WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE
“I’m fully prepared for Sarah’s debut to be the big dystopian talking point of 2018 – the way The Power was for 2017” – THE POOL
“Griffin explores the ethical quandaries of progress, love, class, and ambition in language as ornate as the characters’ decorated prostheses… the plot is compelling, full of secrets, blackmail, and betrayals that resolve at just the right moment… this poetic, Frankenstein-esque tale forms a page-turning whole.” – KIRKUS REVIEWS
“A quietly effective cautionary tale about a world still reeling from past mistakes. The steady ticking of Nell’s heart provides a drumbeat for her aching loneliness, her grief over the death of her mother, and her quest…to understand what it means to be alive.” – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
SARAH MARIA GRIFFIN is a writer from Dublin, Ireland. Her nonfiction has appeared on The Irish Times, Buzzfeed, The Rumpus, Midnight Breakfast, Guts and Winter Pages. Her collection of essays about emigration, NOT LOST, was published by New Island Press in 2013. She was the recipient of the European Science Fiction Awards Chrysalis Award in 2017.
She tweets @griffski.
9781785657054 | 6th February 2018 | Paperback & eBook | £7.99 | 416pp