“[A] suspenseful and thought-provoking novel…. [A] delicate, complicated, and engrossing exploration of the collision between real life and the inexplicable.”
– Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
Synopsis: Quinn Cutler is beyond shocked when the doctor says she’s pregnant. She’s sixteen, the daughter of a prominent politician, and — far more important — she’s never had sex. At least, not that she can remember.
Is she repressing a traumatic memory? Was she drugged? Before Quinn can solve this deeply troubling mystery, her story becomes public. Rumors spread, jeopardizing her reputation, her relationship with a boyfriend she adores, and her father’s campaign for Congress. Religious fanatics gather at the Cutlers’ house, believing Quinn is a virgin, pregnant with the next messiah.
As the chaos grows, Quinn’s search for answers uncovers a trail of lies and family secrets — strange, possibly supernatural ones. And despite what seems logical and scientific, Quinn can’t help but believe the truth about her pregnancy isn’t an ugly one. Might she, in fact, be a virgin?
In this thoughtful and heartfelt book, Marianna Baer dives deep into Quinn’s world, the pregnancy that can’t be possible, and the choices and secrets that for who Quinn Cutler really is.