"What more could the world want from a mother? Didn’t she deserve this after all she had done for other people’s children?"


In a love story set in the near future, an uneven relationship is tested by a revolutionary advance against aging — what may be civilization's most devastating technology. Acton and his fiancé, Diane, a couple already marked by their differences — one's wealthy, one's not — must now enter a new era of high-tech inequities and human extremes. Kevin Scott Magruder's debut short novel is timely, deeply felt and sharply told.


"GODFLOWER is a tense and timely love story from the near future that probes the disastrous gulf between class and technology, leaving no illusion about the endless treachery and amorality of the powerful. Kevin Magruder is an exciting young novelist, with talent and vision to spare."

— Ben Marcus, author of Notes from the Fog, The Flame Alphabet, Leaving the Sea and others


"Magruder's GODFLOWER is a love story, a dystopia, and a nightmare, beautifully and succinctly wrought. Immortality and extreme income inequality terrifyingly collide in this prescient debut."

— Hannah Lillith Assadi, author of Sonora


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"mice were now living indefinitely in laboratories all over the world..."


Kevin Magruder has taught writing at Columbia University in New York City, where he earned an MFA in 2015. His short stories have appeared in Mary, Blunderbuss, and California Prose Directory 2016. He currently lives and works in San Francisco.


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Godflower
Kevin Magruder
80 pages
$10.00 paperback ISBN 9781696941457
$5.00 ebook
March 2020



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