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Dark Lullaby by Polly Ho-Yen
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Dark Lullaby by Polly Ho-Yen
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Mar 23, 2021 | ISBN 9781789094251

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‘Dark Lullaby is hard-hitting, mournful and deeply affecting, reading like the offspring of Never Let Me Go and 1984, and it addresses universal fears about early parenthood without providing easy answers. I raced through it and when I’d finished, it made me hug my own children tight.’ Tim Major, author of Hope Island.

“With fabulous world-building and a plot so tight you could bounce a quarter off of it, Dark Lullaby is a Handmaid’s Tale for the modern world, about the ways our human need for love can serve as both society’s salvation, and its undoing.”
Sarah Langan, author of Good Neighbors

‘This gripping thriller has everything: beautiful writing, shedloads of tension, family drama. It made me grateful for my fragile freedoms.’ 
Emily Koch, author of If I Die Before I Wake  

Dark Lullaby is a gripping story of love and desperation, of intimate and social structures, of sisterhood and motherhood that rings true as a bell. I devoured it.” Deirdre Sullivan, author of Perfectly Preventable Deaths

“Polly Ho-Yen masterfully balances eerie, dream-like prose with a distressingly realistic portrayal of a world where reproductive right has become reproductive responsibility. To be a parent is to live with your heart outside your body and, through smart world-building, memorable characters and sharp insight, Dark Lullaby perfectly encapsulates the power and terror of that love.” Dave Rudden, author of The Wintertime Paradox

“A heart-wrenching and beautifully told novel, absolutely compelling, and scarily plausible. This is the best kind of speculative fiction: thoughtful, committed, alert to the outlines of a possible near-future, that inhabits your mind long after reading. One of the most important books to be published this year.” Marian Womack, author of The Golden Key

“An expertly crafted exploration of love and loss, with a truly haunting conclusion. Intimate, often poetic prose shines bright through the encroaching dread. Bleak, beautiful and bittersweet at every turn. I loved it.” Martyn Ford, author of Every Missing Thing

“Extrapolating from current trends in our surveillance society, it’s horrifyingly plausible”The Guardian

“I cannot praise this book enough…this book perfectly describes what women go through as mothers, vacillating between being so happy we have a child to feeling like we can’t do this and probably never should have.” -Seattle Book Review 5 star Review

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