Barbara Buchanan and I go deep into the Cain and Abel story: "I read the story of Cain and Abel closely, using the Jewish Publication Society of America translation, and studied the midrash on the text. The language is so rich and layered, from “Am I my brother’s keeper?” to “You shall be more cursed than the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.” The story in the Torah is short but its power resonates throughout our literature and our culture.
Givner's thoughtful analysis iof The Mercy Journals s a gift. "Claudia Casper's new novel adds to a growing body of work designated as "cli-fi", a genre distinct from sci-fi and fantasy, because the horrors described are not futuristic fantasies but predictions of a certain future. Fans of Casper's highly successful first novel, The Reconstruction, will find The Mercy Journals darker and more complex. Both explore what it means to become fully human and, specifically, the part played by memory in that process."