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The Petting Zoos

K S Covert



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21 June 2022
WINNER 2023 Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Speculative Fiction

In a virus-fearing world, skin hunger can drive you crazy -- and human petting zoos can return you to yourself.

Ten years after the deadly virus nicknamed Henny Penny, the world has largely recovered -- there's an interim government as well as law and order, and life is returning to normal for the greatly reduced population. But despite effective vaccines, the law still requires people to wear protective masks and gloves at all times in public, and many still fear a resurgence of the virus. On top of this, people who haven't been touched in years are going crazy from skin hunger.

Lily has lived in fearful isolation for ten years, afraid to rejoin the world. But a return-to-work order and an invitation to go to a petting zoo -- a highly illegal club where people go to touch and be touched -- start to bring her back to life.

A post-apocalyptic sex adventure and a woman's journey of self-discovery, The Petting Zoos is an erotic love story for an age of extreme caution, in which the value of safety itself is questioned.
Imprint:   Miscellaneous
Country of Publication:   Canada
Dimensions:   Height: 213mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781459748804
ISBN 10:   1459748808
Pages:   368
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

K.S. Covert examined her talents and realized she had two options for a career: writer or rock singer. Writing seemed more stable, and a career in journalism ensued. But always the idea of living to write, instead of just writing to live, beckoned. The Petting Zoos is her first novel. She lives in Ottawa.

Reviews for The Petting Zoos

"Lily's journey is fascinating and Covert delivers a well-crafted story that allows the reader to grow alongside Lily.-- ""The Suburban News"" The Petting Zoos was a compelling, thought-provoking novel with excellent character development and a unique but incredibly relatable setting. K.S. Covert knocked this debut novel out of the park.-- ""Cloud Lake Literary"" Combining elements of science fiction with whip-sharp social commentary, this punchily erotic elucidation on the human condition also succeeds on the artisanal level, making the reader wonder: why hasn't anyone else written about this? -- ""Victoria Hetherington, author of Autonomy and Mooncalves"" It's phenomenal! -- ""Julie S. Lalonde, author of Resistance Is Futile"""

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