The Forbidden Territory of a Terrifying Woman
by Molly Lynch
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Pub Date 13 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 31 May 2023
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Where did Ada go? What has she gone through? And how does the mystery relate to the forest that she seemed magnetically drawn to?
Confronting the role of motherhood and the meaning of home in the wreckage of capitalism and climate change, The Forbidden Territory of a Terrifying Woman is that rare, dazzling debut that is both thrilling and profound. It is a mystery, a play on myths of metamorphosis, and above all, a story of love—between husband and wife, mother and child—deeply troubled by the future we face.
A Literary Hub Most Anticipated Book of the Year
“This debut novel hits all the right themes: marriage, motherhood, ecological collapse, and the insidious ramifications of capitalism.”
—Julia Hass, Literary Hub
“Bold and brilliant. The Forbidden Territory of a Terrifying Woman is a novel that takes on the uncertainty of our present moment. Molly Lynch’s voice is fearless as she gives us a story that is both a page-turner and radical new mythology for our time.”
—Claudia Dey, author of Heartbreaker
“How can women bear America? The only answer, I think, is for them all to leave. This wise, complex and fascinating novel touches on that possibility.”
—Lucy Ellmann, author of Ducks, Newburyport
“The ontological strangeness of planetary transition comes home in this meticulous and disturbing novel of suburban eco-horror. Molly Lynch’s The Forbidden Territory of a Terrifying Woman captures in exquisite detail the everyday monstrosity of climate change, the uncanny way our collective predicament possesses us, at once cause and effect, inside and outside, nature and self. Intimate, unmooring, brilliantly rendered, and deeply spooky, this novel will haunt you long after you put it down.”
—Roy Scranton, author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene
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