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She wanted no escape from her mind But they say she's a liability to the public. She could be dangerous, she could kill. Branded a pariah, a potential cloned-brain psychotic roaming the streets, Val Thornham's life is going to be turned upside down. As a child, she was one of the few recipients of CICNPC - Cerebral Implantation of Cloned Neural Progenitor Cells - a treatment that has ruined the lives of many of the first-ever guinea pigs. She was one of them, but she knows she is sane. Apart from the strange and deeply moving tunes that run through her brain, that impinge on her consciousness whenever she thinks about music. The trouble is, is this genius - or the beginnings of the end?
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Gillian Bradshaw's father, an American Associated Press newsman, met her mother, a confidential secretary for the British embassy, in Rio de Janeiro. She was born in Washington DC in 1956, the second of four children. They didn't move around quite as much as one might expect after such a beginning: Washington was followed merely by Santiago, Chile, and two locations in Michigan. Gillian attended the University of Michigan, where she earned her BA in English and another in Classical Greek, and won the Hopwood Prize for fiction with her first novel, ""Hawk of May,"" She went on to get another degree at Newnham College, Cambridge University, England in Greek and Latin literature, and she sold her first novel while preparing for exams.
She decided to stay in Cambridge another year to write another novel and think about what to do for a Real Job. However, while there, she discovered she could live on her income as a novelist and also met her husband, who was completing his doctorate in physics. Between books and children she never did get a Real Job, and she's been writing novels ever since.
She and her husband now live in Coventry. They have four children and a dog.
This surprising book unexpectedly grabs one's attention and won't let go, thanks to the intensity of the characters' feelings and the expertness of their portrayal. The story is straightforward. Val, who had a now-controversial brain regeneration treatment as an infant, has been arrested for fleeing the country and taken in for risk- assessment testing. The genius expert working on her case possesses an abysmal attitude and is just a little perverted about women's brains. Under house arrest in the research center, Val is threatened from all angles. As a promising young musician, she fears that the treatment she is threatened with will destroy her most valued capability, her talent for creating music. Bradshaw adds obstacles, changes situations with uncanny rapidity, and makes a not unexpected ending still come as quite a shock. As is their wont in real life, the villains of the piece persistently change, the only constant being the reactionary fear of the unknown that can destroy all sorts of wonderful things. Regina Schroeder
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Book Description Severn House Publishers, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0727857576
Book Description Severn House Publishers, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0727857576
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