The DNA of You and Me: A Novel

The DNA of You and Me: A Novel

by Andrea Rothman


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“Refreshing.... Asks urgent questions about female ambition. Fans of Lab Girl have found a worthy successor.”—Real Simple

A powerful debut novel—a wonderfully engaging infusion of Lab Girl, The Assistants, and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine—that pits the ambition of scientific discovery against the siren call of love.

Emily Apell arrives in Justin McKinnon’s renowned research lab with the single-minded goal of making a breakthrough discovery. But a colleague in the lab, Aeden Doherty, has been working on a similar topic, and his findings threaten to compete with her research.

To Emily’s surprise, her rational mind is unsettled by Aeden, and when they end up working together their animosity turns to physical passion, followed by love. Emily eventually allows herself to envision a future with Aeden, but when he decides to leave the lab it becomes clear to her that she must make a choice. It is only years later, when she is about to receive a prestigious award for the work they did together, that Emily is able to unravel everything that happened between them.

A sharp, relevant novel that speaks to the ambitions and desires of modern women, The DNA of You and Me explores the evergreen question of career versus family, the irrational sensibility of love, and whether one can be a loner without a diagnostic label.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062857811
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 367,780
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Andrea Rothman was born in Brooklyn NY and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Her debut novel, THE DNA OF YOU AND ME, was published by William Morrow-HarperCollins in March of 2019. The novel has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal, and won an award for Best Popular Fiction in English at the 21st International Latino Book Awards in Los Angeles.

Prior to being a fiction writer, Rothman was a research scientist at the Rockefeller University in New York, where she studied the sense of smell. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and was a fiction editor for the VCFA journal of the arts-Hunger Mountain.

Her essays and short stories have appeared in print and online journals such as Literary Hub, Lablit, Cleaver Magazine, and Litro Magazine among others, and can be viewed at

Rothman lives with her husband and two children in Long Island, New York. She is at work on a second novel.

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The DNA of You and Me: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LeahKaminsky1 More than 1 year ago
Rothman's debut novel is a fierce and eloquent exploration of what it is to be a woman working in #STEM - a scientist in the cut-throat world of cutting edge research and academia. It invites us into the heart and mind of Emily, a character we grow to respect and admire, who is faced with the messy business of a budding romance with a colleague, in the laboratory where she works. Should she allow herself to put all she holds dear at risk, or should she smell a (lab) rat? This one's a powerful literary page-turner.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I did like this book even if I didn't love it. This was a book that was very different than I thought it would be. I thought that this was a romance. It was labeled romance, the book's description sounds romantic, and even the title sounds like a romance novel. But it didn't feel like a romance. Yes, there is a relationship in the book but not one that I could get excited about. I still found this book to be very readable and did enjoy the experience. This book was really heavy on the science which I liked. It might have been a little too detailed at times but I like that kind of thing so it worked for me. I found the research that Emily and Aeden were doing really interesting and was eager to see how their experiments would turn out. I had some trouble with Emily and Aeden's relationship. They had no chemistry. None at all. I felt no passion between them. I also don't think that this relationship was really healthy. Things started between them with some rather odd sexual encounters. I felt like Emily was being taken advantage of more than anything, especially since one of the encounters were less than consensual. When I read a romance, I need a couple that I can cheer towards their happily ever after but with this pair, I felt that they really shouldn't be with each other. This book is told from Emily's point of view and I did find her to be a really interesting character. She was raised by her father in a lab so it was really no surprise that she felt at home in a lab. She is awkward in social situations and would really rather focus on work. While it is not confirmed, the story hints that Emily might be on the spectrum. I really did want to see good things come for Emily. I did enjoy this book even if I had some issues with it. I found this to be a very quick read and I am glad that I picked it up. I wouldn't hesitate to read more from this author in the future. I received a review copy of this book from William Morrow.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Emily has never really known anything other than Science, being raised by her scientist father she really had no choice in the matter. Before long his passion, became her passion as well. And that passion lead her to become a leading scientist in the world of genetics. Being a woman in this field is quite a challenging feat, it requires complete dedication to her craft, which leaves little to no time at all for a social life. But for Emily living a solitary life is preferred, it's how she grew up, and how she has always thought her thought would be, just her and the lab. But then she meets a fellow scientist named Aeden, and as they begin to work on a special project together, they start to spend copious amounts of time with one another. Which leads them down a path that neither expected, and for the first time in her life Emily begins to wonder if her life has room for more than just science. The DNA of You and Me is a uniquely designed tale that centers around the life of a heroine in the genetics field, and the man that enters her solitary world and opens her eyes to the possibility of love. This well crafted tale was truly different than anything else I have ever read, the story line was heavy on science with touches of heartfelt emotion and romance. I found it to be enjoyable read, one that was fascinating, educational, and engaging. Highly recommend! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This debut by Rothman is a glorious surprise. It's about Emily, a scientist, and the humiliations she endures in her quest for love while at the same time trying to fulfill her professional ambitions; or is that even possible? The novel also gave me an eye-opening intro to the cutthroat world of advanced science. Overall, a gorgeous story, made even better by its relevance in today's world. I loved the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The DNA of You and Me is a well-crafted novel and a beautiful love story: about romantic love, love of self, and love of work and purpose. The slow build of tension makes the ending all the more powerful—while I enjoyed it all, for the last third of the book I couldn’t put it down. The main character, Emily, is a strong, rational scientist yet the foreshadowing from the beginning hints that she has regrets, or that not all of her experiences are clear cut. From the second paragraph: “If it is true that things are what you make of them, it can be argued that it was I who got in the way of Aeden’s research, his life, and not the other way around.” Emily is independent and introverted, prepared to get through life alone—rather feels she was born to be alone—so her transformation toward the end of the book is welcome and rewarding. I appreciated the thoughtful prose and the exploration of smell in her scientific research, and the way the author utilized this sensory theme throughout the book in this well-written narrative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An intelligent and tender love story from the perspective of a modern career woman. Relevant, engaging, a real page turner!!