From award-winning author Daryl Gregory, whom Library Journal called “[a] bright new voice of the twenty-first century,” comes a new breed of zombie novel—a surprisingly funny, vividly frightening, and ultimately deeply moving story of self-discovery and family love.
In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman’s arms is a baby, stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda—and he begins to move.
The family hides the child—whom they name Stony—rather than turn him over to authorities that would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow. For years his adoptive mother and sisters manage to keep his existence a secret—until one terrifying night when Stony is forced to run and he learns that he is not the only living dead boy left in the world.
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Richly textured settings and nuanced characters mark this introspective novel, in which Gregory (The Devil's Alphabet) further expounds on his fascination with an altered human condition set against a mundane backdrop.May 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Raising Stony Mayhall
It is thematically interesting because a central theme of the story is the power of Will–exactly the element that the traditional zombie is thought to lack, which analysis totally turns the traditional zombie trope on its head–but Stony lacks the power to exercise much effective Will (i.e.Jul 12 2011 | Read Full Review of Raising Stony Mayhall
Instead, in full knowledge of his nature - Stony is a zombie baby, and as such a grave enemy of the state - Wanda adopts Stony, and raises him in secret on a decrepit farm in Iowa, because "she couldn't imagine abandoning an infant, even a dead one."Oct 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Raising Stony Mayhall
Needing no food and no sleep, and feeling no pain, Stony lives out a happy, if sheltered existence, forbidden to leave the Mayhall farm to go anywhere except their to their neighbors’ house – neighbors who pretend, as do they all, that Stony isn’t a zombie, but instead just a boy with a very unus...| Read Full Review of Raising Stony Mayhall
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