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The Only Ones
344 pages; Two Dollar Radio
Dibbell's major accomplishment (besides publishing her first novel just shy of 70) is her narrator, Inez, blessed and cursed with immunity in a society ravaged by plagues. Inez's voice—a fragmented vernacular that is wise, tough and humane—elevates this dystopian novel in which, after a botched experiment leaves her an unwitting mother, every choice is a desperate one. 
— Dotun Akintoye