Lakewood by Megan Giddings audiobook

Lakewood: A Novel

By Megan Giddings
Read by Adenrele Ojo

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062913197
8.55 Hours Unabridged
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A startling debut about class and race, Lakewood evokes a terrifying world of medical experimentation—part The Handmaid’s Tale, part The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. One of The Millions’ Most Anticipated Reads (The Great First Half 2020 Books) When Lena Johnson’s beloved grandmother dies, and the full extent of the family debt is revealed, the black millennial drops out of college to support her family and takes a job in the mysterious and remote town of Lakewood, Michigan.  On paper, her new job is too good to be true. High paying. No out of pocket medical expenses. A free place to live. All Lena has to do is participate in a secret program—and lie to her friends and family about the research being done in Lakewood. An eye drop that makes brown eyes blue, a medication that could be a cure for dementia, golden pills promised to make all bad thoughts go away. The discoveries made in Lakewood, Lena is told, will change the world—but the consequences for the subjects involved could be devastating. As the truths of the program reveal themselves, Lena learns how much she’s willing to sacrifice for the sake of her family. Provocative and thrilling, Lakewood is a breathtaking novel that takes an unflinching look at the moral dilemmas many working-class families face, and the horror that has been forced on black bodies in the name of science.

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Summary

Summary

A startling debut about class and race, Lakewood evokes a terrifying world of medical experimentation—part The Handmaid’s Tale, part The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

One of The Millions’ Most Anticipated Reads (The Great First Half 2020 Books)

When Lena Johnson’s beloved grandmother dies, and the full extent of the family debt is revealed, the black millennial drops out of college to support her family and takes a job in the mysterious and remote town of Lakewood, Michigan. 

On paper, her new job is too good to be true. High paying. No out of pocket medical expenses. A free place to live. All Lena has to do is participate in a secret program—and lie to her friends and family about the research being done in Lakewood. An eye drop that makes brown eyes blue, a medication that could be a cure for dementia, golden pills promised to make all bad thoughts go away.

The discoveries made in Lakewood, Lena is told, will change the world—but the consequences for the subjects involved could be devastating. As the truths of the program reveal themselves, Lena learns how much she’s willing to sacrifice for the sake of her family.

Provocative and thrilling, Lakewood is a breathtaking novel that takes an unflinching look at the moral dilemmas many working-class families face, and the horror that has been forced on black bodies in the name of science.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Giddings writes with eloquence, walking readers through the complicated world of Lakewood. They’ll be eager to turn each page and read what happens next.” Booklist
“Chilling…Giddings is a writer with a vivid imagination and a fresh eye both of the body and of society. This eerie debut provides a deep character study spiked with a dose of horror.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Megan Giddings

Author Bio: Megan Giddings

Megan Giddings’ fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Catapult, Gulf Coast, and the Iowa Review. She attended University of Michigan and earned her MFA from Indiana University. The opening chapters of Lakewood received a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant for feminist fiction. She lives in Indiana.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Women
Runtime: 8.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English