Mackintosh made a splash with her literary debut, a strange and intoxicating novel about three sisters living in isolation with their parents in an abandoned island hotel. When three strange men wash up on the beach, they come into contact with the contamination of the world for the first time. The world of the book, like that of The Handmaid’s Tale, is said to be polluted by some invisible toxin; in this case, one doesn’t know whether to believe the reports. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this is a disturbing and morally ambiguous fable which will suck you under. Also of note is Mackintosh’s second novel: another feminist dystopia called Blue Ticket, which made our list of the most notable novels of summer 2020. Like The Handmaid’s Tale, this new book concerns itself with childbearing and childlessness and is highly recommended.
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