Chicago native Jessica Chiarella's debut And Again imagines the consequences when four ordinary individuals are granted a chance to continue their lives in genetically perfect versions of themselves.
Hannah, David, Connie, and Linda have been selected in a lottery for the SUBlife (cloning) pilot program at Northwestern University Hospital, giving them new bodies where blemishes, scars, freckles, and wrinkles have all disappeared, and most importantly, their terminal illnesses have been cured. But the fresh start they've been given is anything but perfect.
Hannah, a talented painter can no longer paint. David, a conservative Congressman with little regards for rules, now faces moral quandary and political suicide for his participation in the program. Connie, once an Emmy-award actress who dreams of relaunching her career, only to find that her one meaningful relationship is with a blind neighbor. Linda, paralyzed for eight year after a car accident, finds that her family has built a new life without her. Previously strangers, they meet at a support group over the course of a year as they come to terms with their new, now healthy bodies, try to resume their interrupted lives, and forge new relationships.
"In the spirit of Never Let Me Go and The Age of Miracles, And Again is an exciting literary debut about identity, second chances, and the courage to start life afresh. "