By day, she’s a psychiatric nurse practitioner, specializing in working with traumatized children. By night, or whatever time of the day it is she writes, she’s a novelist. Her first, and to date, only book, Gather the Daughters, is dystopia-literature at its very best. Forget Hunger Games. Toss Divergent out the window. You can even put The Handmaid’s Tale aside for awhile. Ms. Malemed’s writing is so rich of setting and characters you’d think it was non-fiction. But be glad it isn’t. Gather the Daughters is darkly realistic, disturbingly plausible, and deliciously haunting.
I can’t wait for her second book.