The DNA of You and Me: A Novel (Hardcover)
“Refreshing.... Asks urgent questions about female ambition. Fans of Lab Girl have found a worthy successor.”—Real Simple
A powerful debut novel—a wonderfully engaging infusion of Lab Girl, The Assistants, and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine—that pits the ambition of scientific discovery against the siren call of love.
Emily Apell arrives in Justin McKinnon’s renowned research lab with the single-minded goal of making a breakthrough discovery. But a colleague in the lab, Aeden Doherty, has been working on a similar topic, and his findings threaten to compete with her research.
To Emily’s surprise, her rational mind is unsettled by Aeden, and when they end up working together their animosity turns to physical passion, followed by love. Emily eventually allows herself to envision a future with Aeden, but when he decides to leave the lab it becomes clear to her that she must make a choice. It is only years later, when she is about to receive a prestigious award for the work they did together, that Emily is able to unravel everything that happened between them.
A sharp, relevant novel that speaks to the ambitions and desires of modern women, The DNA of You and Me explores the evergreen question of career versus family, the irrational sensibility of love, and whether one can be a loner without a diagnostic label.
About the Author
Andrea Rothman was a post-doctoral fellow and subsequent research associate at the Rockefeller University in New York, where she studied the neurobiology of olfaction. She earned her MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her fiction has appeared in print and online publications such as Lablit, Cleaver Magazine, and Litro Magazine. She lives with her husband and two children in Long Island, New York.
“Powerful...a surprisingly literary love story set against the clinical, sterile, and cutthroat environment of an academic research lab.”
— Library Journal (starred review)
“This sharp debut...sets a bittersweet love story within the cut-throat world of academic research, a great pairing [Rothman] explores with heart, smarts, and a lot of furtive sex... It’s Rothman’s aching study of loneliness, heartbreak and forgiveness that resonate.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A debut novel by a scientist that makes the lab feel like a real place....The pleasure of this novel lies in Rothman’s sincere, straightforward, unpretentious prose wracked with the loneliness of young love.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“The DNA of You and Me is a gorgeous novel exploring the intersection of love and science.”
— Kimmery Martin, author of The Queen of Hearts
“The DNA of You and Me is a delightful journey through experiments—both in science and in love. I loved following Emily’s quest to find the perfect strand of DNA, and the perfect boyfriend. You can’t help but root for her!”
— Miriam Parker, author of The Shortest Way Home
“Refreshing...Asks urgent questions about female ambition. Fans of Lab Girl have found a worthy successor.”
— Real Simple
“Andrea Rothman’s debut novel is both a fine and necessary accomplishment. Emily is memorable in this tale of the anguish and splendor of a thoroughly modern woman. We look forward to more from this original and courageous writer.”
— Xu Xi, author of That Man in Our Lives and Habit of a Foreign Sky
“Rothman’s debut novel is a fierce and eloquent exploration of what it is to be a woman working in STEM - a scientist in the cut-throat world of cutting-edge research and academia....This one’s a powerful literary page-turner.”
— Leah Kaminsky, author of The Waiting Room