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JC: Jeff VanderMeer presents BORNE with Ann VanderMeer

    05/03/2017 - 7:30pm














    This event will take place in our Jersey City location.

    In Borne, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half destroyed by drought and conflict. The city is dangerous, littered with discarded experiments from the Company―a biotech firm now derelict―and punished by the unpredictable predations of a giant bear. Rachel ekes out an existence in the shelter of a run-down sanctuary she shares with her partner, Wick, who deals his own homegrown psychoactive biotech.

    One day, Rachel finds Borne during a scavenging mission and takes him home. Borne as salvage is little more than a green lump―plant or animal?―but exudes a strange charisma. Borne reminds Rachel of the marine life from the island nation of her birth, now lost to rising seas. There is an attachment she resents: in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet, against her instincts―and definitely against Wick’s wishes―Rachel keeps Borne. She cannot help herself. Borne, learning to speak, learning about the world, is fun to be with, and in a world so broken that innocence is a precious thing. For Borne makes Rachel see beauty in the desolation around her. She begins to feel a protectiveness she can ill afford.

    “He was born, but I had borne him.”

    But as Borne grows, he begins to threaten the balance of power in the city and to put the security of her sanctuary with Wick at risk. For the Company, it seems, may not be truly dead, and new enemies are creeping in. What Borne will lay bare to Rachel as he changes is how precarious her existence has been, and how dependent on subterfuge and secrets. In the aftermath, nothing may ever be the same.

    Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. The first volume of his New York Times–bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation, will be released as a film in 2017. VanderMeer is also the co-editor of The Big Book of Science Fiction with his wife, AnnVanderMeer. His latest novel, Borne, is forthcoming from MCD/FSG in April 2017. You can find him at:

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    Borne Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780374115241
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: MCD - April 25th, 2017

    Named one of the best books of 2017 by The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, PopSugar, Financial Times, Chicago Review of Books, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Thrillist, Book Riot, National Post (Canada), Kirkus and Publishers Weekly

    "Am I a person?" Borne asked me.