More Reviews

More reviews:

Chicago Center for Literature and Photography: reviewed by Jason Pettus:

Featuring a style that can best be called “blue-collar poetry,” with information that is very slowly and very deliberately dolloped out bit by bit over 375 pages, this is an easily readable, page-turning genre thriller that doubles as a smart and philosophical indie-lit novel; and although admittedly you’re going to have to already be a fan of post-apocalyptic stories to really love this one, if you are then this is an absolute must-have, one of the better books of this genre that I’ve ever read.

Huffington Post: 10 Women Authors You Should Read Who Published After Age 40, by Jillian Capewell:

This style takes its full form in Dibbell’s first novel, The Only Ones, published in 2015, one month before her 70th birthday. “It is a life-changing event to have work I’ve put so much into about to head out in the world . . .” she told Two Dollar Radio, her publisher, in a Q&A. “I think about the shape of a life with this late-breaking twist. It is very, very sweet. It also would have been sweet at 60. Even 50.”

Recent Reviews

Some new reviews of The Only Ones:

  • Lit Reactor: “Bookshots” review by Freddie Moore (February 17, 2015).
  • Cultured Vultures: by Jay Slayton-Joslin (March 11, 2015).
  • Electric Lit: “In a Word, Voice,” by Jenna Leigh Evans (March 12, 2015).
  • BookRiot: “Four Small Press Books to Read in March,” by Susan Rodarme (March 19, 2015).
  • NPR Books: “‘The Only Ones’ Puts a Heartbreaking Spin on Dystopia,” by Jason Heller (March 19, 2015).

Also, ultra-brief:

  • Nylon Book Club: “The Two Books You Need to Read This Month,” by
    Anna Fitzpatrick and Jessica Calderon (March 10, 2015) — the other one is by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Starred Publishers Weekly Review

Publishers Weekly reviewed The Only Ones, singling the book out for a “starred” review:

Dibbell’s debut novel chillingly imagines the world in the wake of a global pandemic in the latter part of the 21st century, when much of the population has been wiped out by a potent combination of viruses and bacterial infections that includes tuberculosis, polio, and Ebola. The reader views this apocalyptic abyss through the eyes of Inez Kissena Fardo, a young woman from Queens, N.Y., who has never known a normal existence — she has never even seen a baby. Reproductive ability has been annihilated, and fetuses are made in a lab. Instead of parents there are “clients”; mothers have become “hosts,” and fathers are now “male product.” Inez, who is immune to infection, becomes part of Rauden Sach’s team of baby makers for paying customers. When other methods fail, Rauden resorts to cloning her, and complications ensue. The futuristic trials of motherhood are eerily familiar; Inez spends her days rushing from one low-wage job to the next to pay for her daughter’s schooling, clothes, and the things she needs to keep up with her friends. The book illuminates present-day paranoias, but it is further elevated by Dibbell’s trenchant attention to the corrosive nature of social and economic inequality. (Mar.)

Dazed & Confused

Carola Dibbell’s novel The Only Ones was cited in Dazed & Confused‘s Who should you be reading in 2015?:

Carola Dibbell’s 2015 novel The Only Ones looks utterly thrilling — another ace title from Two Dollar Radio. Inez, the protagonist, is immune to disease in a world ravaged by illness. Her reproductive abilities are harnessed for commercial purposes, but things, inevitably, go weird and wrong.

BuzzFeed’s 27 Most Exciting New Books of 2015

BuzzFeed staff writer Jarry Lee included Carola Dibbell’s novel, The Only Ones, in her 27 Of The Most Exciting New Books Of 2015:

Carola Dibbell’s The Only Ones introduces a post-pandemic world where a woman immune to the disease, Inez, makes her living as a test subject. When a mother backs out on experimental genetic research, Inez is left responsible for her baby girl, who is a scientific breakthrough, and must protect her from both religious fanatics and the authorities.