Let me get this out of the way: I LOVED this book. The story follows a young woman named Izzy, who has just graduated from high school. She’s also pregnant with her art teacher’s baby, and has limited resources to care for a child. After being informed of an experimental program called The Infinite Family Project, where her child would be communally raised along with nine other babies for ten years. The project offers her housing and education, and the utmost care for her child. She can hardly refuse such an incredible offer, especially considering the life her child would have if she denied the proposal. Of course, things aren’t as rosy as she thought they’d be.
Wilson’s writing had me continually flipping the pages, yearning to find out how the program would pan out, and I was emotionally attached to Izzy. I felt a connection with her, and could see myself in her shoes. Plus, the premise of the book is damn compelling. Luckily, the execution of this complex plot is gorgeous, unfolding a story that is centered on the meaning of family.
There are trigger warnings for suicide, self-harm, and abuse in this novel, so be aware of this before diving in. If you can handle reading about those topics, though, this is a smart, thought-provoking treat of a novel.
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