Posted on November 22, 2022 at 3:43 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

In 1997, author Lucy Ferriss was on a winning streak.

She'd won awards, a fellowship, and a teaching job with tenure, and her second book was about to launch.

But then The Misconceiver got caught up in a legal snafu, and while Ferriss's publisher had no doubt she'd prevail, its policy was not to distribute books by authors being sued.

That delay sunk The Misconceiver, as critical praise meant nothing for readers who couldn't purchase the book.

But twenty-five years later, another lawsuit would actually revive Ferriss's book: Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.

The Misconceiver — written in the mid-1990s — imagines a United States without legal abortion (and with miniature computers that accompany us everywhere).

Ferriss describes how her book was imagined, delayed, and revived in a post on Literary Hub.

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