Reproduction

Louisa Hall

Manuscript Literary Fiction

Part autofiction, part biography of Mary Shelley, and part contemporary retelling of Frankenstein, Reproduction considers what it means to create life – and art – in a world that’s in crisis.

With its narrator caught in a cycle of pregnancy and miscarriage, Reproduction is a visceral exploration of motherhood, friendship, and the ethics of childbearing in modern times. This is a forceful and profoundly feminist evocation of the extraordinary type of suffering that so many women endure whilst carrying on with their everyday lives – work, childcare, cooking, and shopping on the one hand; nausea, hemorrhages, and anxiety on the other.

In the vein of Rachel Cusk, Maggie Nelson, and Patricia Lockwood, Louisa Hall pens a singular and forceful reminder that we still live in a world built by and for men, with very little understanding of the hazards that creating new life entails. Elegant and clear-sighted in equal measure, this striking and distinctive text is a timely perspective on what the emotional and physical costs of reproduction can be.