Megan Giddings is a features editor at The Rumpus, a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books, and a contributing editor at Boulevard. She is a recipient of a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant for feminist fiction. Her short stories have been published in Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast, and Iowa Review. Megan holds degrees from University of Michigan and Indiana University. She lives in Michigan.
An impressive debut. Megan Giddings has produced a novel of great emotional intensity. Her brilliant storytelling skills are on full display in this story which unfolds with subtle prose that deftly explores powerful themes of family, loss, responsibility, and friendship. Lena Johnson is a masterfully rendered protagonist, reminiscent of the characters of Toni Morrison, Gayl Jones and Jesmyn Ward, while appearing utterly new and fresh. --Jeffrey Colvin, author of Africaville Giddings writes with eloquence, walking readers through the complicated world of Lakewood. They'll be eager to turn each page and read what happens next. --Booklist Chilling...Giddings is a writer with a vivid imagination and a fresh eye both of the body and of society. This eerie debut provides a deep character study spiked with a dose of horror. --Publishers Weekly Megan Giddings' Lakewood is a gripping thriller of ideas in the tradition of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, depicting a terrifying world of public complicity and government-sponsored malpractice. Giddings asks: What happens when our want to be useful is weaponized against us, when the only way we see to help others is to invite harm upon ourselves? This is the rare debut that feels utterly of the now, unearthing our shared past even as it charges the reader to imagine and enact a better future, fast as they can. --Matt Bell, author of Scrapper Both profoundly poetic and utterly compelling, Lakewood presents an intimate portrait of the physical and psychological trauma caused by the use of black people as test subjects for medical experiments in the United States and powerfully connects it to the broader legacy of environmental racism. --Ladee Hubbard, author of The Talented Ribkins Megan Giddings' debut novel Lakewood is reminiscent of Jordan Peele's terrifying film Get Out. --Essence Like Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale or Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives, Lakewood compels even as it unsettles. Megan Giddings writes with a scalpel and I'd follow her characters anywhere. --Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble Like Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale or Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives, Lakewood compels even as it unsettles. Megan Giddings writes with a scalpel and I'd follow her characters anywhere. --Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble Lakewood is a thought-provoking debut and Megan Giddings is a young writer to watch.--Kirkus Reviews Lakewood is a thought-provoking debut and Megan Giddings is a young writer to watch. --Kirkus Reviews