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Goodhouse by Peyton Marshall
  

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Echoes of other great stories litter this futuristic tale, especially the classic 1984. We are in a strange house of detention for boys where the inmates have not necessarily committed a crime but might well. The criminal gene is in them and must be eradicated. Our hero is 17-year old James who is bent on escape and finds an ally in a doctor’s daughter. So we have love story, adventure and futuristic science nicely threaded together.

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Goodhouse by Peyton Marshall

What would happen if you could see clearly into the genetic make-up of your friends and family? America at the end of the 21st century: 17-year-old James doesn't even know what his real name is, though he feels if someone uses it one day, he'll know it's his. Kindness to others is not an option at Goodhouse, a brutally run corrective school for boys with criminal genes. Awaiting him over the barbed wires of the school are the Zeros, a religious group who aim to rid the planet of impure boys like those at Goodhouse. But for James, his greatest threat is not the fundamentalists outside. His dream of walking through the gates as a civilian may yet be destroyed by the much deadlier threat from within...A bold, visionary tale of a forseeable future where genetic profiling is meant to prevent crime, but instead becomes a tool for oppression, Goodhouse poses urgent questions about freedom and slavery and what it means to be alive.


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'A marvel - a glorious combination of page-turning literary thriller and challenging examination of freedom, destiny, and the thorny ideals of faith and science' Eleanor Brown, NYT-bestselling author of THE WEIRD SISTERS

'GOODHOUSE is thrilling and wonderful and dark' Mark Childress, author of CRAZY IN ALABAMA

'A page-turning account of one boy's journey through a vivid and dangerous world.' Karen Jay Fowler, author of WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES

'Peyton Marshall's debut is a page-turner of the highest order, the kind of book you don't want to finish but cannot stop reading.' James Scott, author of The Kept

'This is one of the most intellectually thrilling and beautifully unsettling novels I've read in years.' Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This and Corpus Christi

About the Author

Peyton Marshall is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, where she received both a Maytag Fellowship and the Richard Yates Short Fiction Award. She is a multiple-time Pushcart nominee, and lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, the novelist Pauls Toutonghi. Goodhouse is her first novel.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Peyton Marshall

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Hardback

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Science Fiction
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9780857521903

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