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The Panacea Project

The Panacea Project

by Catherine Devore Johnson
The Panacea Project

The Panacea Project

by Catherine Devore Johnson


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A timely exploration of bodily autonomy set in a classic medical thriller

​Calla Hammond has always been a loner—a product of the foster system and avoided by others because of a skin condition. When doctors discover her immune system holds the key to curing cancer, she struggles to advance lifesaving research in a world that sees her only as a means to an end. Yet along the way, Calla gains the one thing she has always longed for: a chosen family.

When a group of unscrupulous people join forces to sell Calla’s blood to the highest bidder, she digs deep to find the strength to retake control of her life, her body, and her story.

The Panacea Project is a layered examination of self-sacrifice, implicit bias, and the juxtaposition of bodily autonomy with high-stakes capitalism—for those who love fiercely strong characters and deep themes infused with heartwarming moments of love and humor.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798886450156
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication date: 02/28/2023
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Catherine Devore Johnson is a former attorney turned writer. Her work has won or placed in competitions held by the Houston Writers Guild and the Writers' League of Texas, and she has published an essay in the Houston Chronicle about caring for her mother after two strokes. She works as a writer and editor at a children's hospital and lives in Houston with her husband and two children. The Panacea Project is her first novel.

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“There's nothing better than reading a novel that deftly weaves the most pressing issues of the day—the war for control over women's bodies, bigotry, stigma, patriarchy, capitalism—into an engaging and thoroughly human page-turner. Catherine Devore Johnson has managed to do exactly that in her beautiful debut.”
—Emily Wolf, author of My Thirty-First Year (And Other Calamities)

“Calla’s story captivated me until the end. This fast-paced novel brought up so many emotions and made me think about the ways that humankind sucks the marrow out of things that sustain us until those things are gone. This story will stay with me for a long time.”
—Tabitha Forney, author of Paper Airplanes

“A beautiful combination of engaging fiction and bitter reality. . . Touching upon complicated emotions, The Panacea Project leaves an unforgettable mark upon its readers.”
—Readers’ Favorite

“In an era where medicine and vaccines are hotly debated, this well-written and thoughtful story will inspire both hope and terror about what the futures holds.”
—Editor’s Pick, Publishers Weekly BookLife

The Panacea Project is both inventive and thoughtful and captures the way in which the scientific search for truth and humanitarian relief can take on an inhumane form.”
—Kirkus Indie Revie

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