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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Artifact by Arlene Heyman, read by Stephanie Ellyne.  

Lottie Kristin is independent from the start. Born in the middle of the century to a middle-class family in the very middle of America, Lottie is set apart by her smarts and sensuality. A girl who'd rather carry out dissections on a snowy back porch than join her family for Christmas dinner is a strange and exotic artifact in the town of Sleeping Bay.  

But by her early 20s, Lottie finds herself trapped in a marriage gone stale, with a daughter she adores but whose existence jeopardises her place in the lab and her dream of becoming a scientist. How can a young woman make her way in a world determined to contain her brilliance, her will and her longing to live?  

Bravely and wisely written, Artifact is an intimate and propulsive portrait of a whole woman, a celebration of her refusal to be defined by others’ imaginations and a meditation on the glorious chaos of biological life.

©2020 Arlene Heyman (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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"Sensual and sometimes shocking...Heyman writes with such intimacy and precision that she frequently makes you feel like a trespasser." (Daily Mail)

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This is an excellent story of the struggle of women against the prejudices and obstacles in society. Brilliantly narrated (performed) by Ms. Ellyne, bringing the characters and story to life. Don't be put off by the sample clip - obviously the character Lottie is a scientist, so must perform the experiments, this is only a very small item in the book but I think its graphic description is deliberately designed to represent the tough path of women, especially attempting to succeed in science.