Girl Minus X
296 PAGES | ISBN 978-1-989496-11-4
As the world around them collapses under the weight of a slow, creeping virus that erodes memory, fifteen-year-old Dany and her five-year-old sister are on the edge of their own personal apocalypse – fearing separation at the hands of child services. When a dangerous new strain of the virus emerges, Dany careens headlong into crisis, determined to save her sister. Together with her best friend and reluctant history teacher, they must flee the city. Along the way, Dany faces a series of devastating choices: Can she make the dangerous attempt to break her aunt out of the prison-hospice? And just how much is Dany willing to sacrifice to ensure her sister and her friends survive?
Girl Minus X is a meditation on the gift that is memory and its hidden costs, pitting a fear of forgetting against a desire to erase the past.
“Girl Minus X is what happens when great writing meets a mesmeric, page-turning plot. The best speculative fiction captures what we dimly imagine but intimately feel; and this book wins in its gripping tale of intense social crises, complicated family members, dismal pressures from school and a young woman awakening to her own uncanny power. Anne Stone will captivate both teens and adults alike.” – David Chariandy, author of Soucouyant and Brother
“What if you could let go of your trauma? Now, what if that process was forced on you by a virus that robbed you of all memories? Girl Minus X explores the bonds between humans surviving mid-apocalypse. Nobody writes like Anne Stone. Get prepared for the unthinkable.” – Emily Pohl-Weary, author of Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl and Ghost Sick
Girl Minus X (Publishers Weekly, 24/07/2020)
"Stone’s brilliant, breathless novel will put readers in mind of Emily St. John Mandel and Margaret Atwood."
Going Viral: New Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 (Ed Simon, Publishers Weekly, 04/09/2020)
Anne's novel is included in this round-up of prescient speculative fiction.
Most Anticipated: 2020 Fall Fiction Preview (49th Shelf, 09/07/2020)
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Anne Stone is the author of three novels, Delible (2007), Hush (1999) and jacks: a gothic gospel (1998). She is currently at work on a collection of short fiction. She spent her childhood in Toronto, lived in Montreal, and now makes her home in Vancouver, where she teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Capilano University.