Sheri T. Joseph

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2024 American Fiction Awards

Winner in Best New Fiction
Winner in Thriller: Political
Winner in Thriller: Techno
Winner in Science Fiction: General
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“In this smart, multi-layered debut, Joseph constructs a thoughtful dystopian near-future adventure complete with genetic screening, international thrills, playful wit, and a welcome touch of romance . . . Throughout, Joseph’s vivid world building and her scarifying descriptions of an oppressive state never detract from the psychological drama of these convincing, complex characters.”

Publishers Weekly BookLife Reviews

“The skillful writing makes the book a worthy read. . . . A complicated dystopian political thriller enhanced by lively prose.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A stellar debut! Deftly plotted and expertly executed, Joseph takes readers on a compelling tale of a character worth rooting for. Highly recommended.”

– Sheldon Siegel, NY Times Best Selling Author of Special Circumstances

“Author Sheri T. Joseph has crafted a riveting novel .., a brilliantly original concept that captures you right from the start.”

— Readers’ Favorite, 5-star review

“Brainy, sexy, funny, heartbreaking and hopeful, this is literary speculative fiction at its best. The thriller and love story is also a real look at the impact of genetic screening on privacy, and belonging, in a time just a heartbeat away. “

– Leslie K. Barry, Chanticleer award-winning author of Newark Minutemen

“Joseph’s wild, far-flung and intrigue-filled adventures offer much for future diplomats to ponder, as well as scientists.” 

– Mary Carlin Yates, Ambassador of the United States and former deputy commander of the US Africa Command

“Edge of the Known World is a compelling story about technology, identity and privacy that illuminates some of the most pressing questions facing society today.”

— Corie Adjmi, Best Book and American Fiction Award-winning author of The Marriage Box

“Like all great dystopian fiction writers, Joseph holds a magic mirror to our world, allowing us to see the end of the path we’re on if we don’t switch directions.”

– Lori Duff, author of Devil’s Defense and Foreword INDIE Awards Gold Medal Winner.

“Via pristine details, intriguing characters, and such timely themes as technology ethics and societal collapse, Joseph’s broad, bold tale of an any-day-now dystopia never strays from the intimacy of a father and daughter’s mutual love.”

—Anita Gail Jones, finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and author of The Peach Seed

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Sheri’s books are also available from Simon & Schuster.