Andrea Rothman was born in Brooklyn and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Her debut novel THE DNA OF YOU AND ME was published by Harpercollins in March 2019. The novel has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal, and was shortlisted for the 21st International Latino Book Awards in the category of best popular fiction in English. Before becoming a fiction writer, Rothman was a research scientist at the Rockefeller University in New York, where she was awarded two grants from the NIH to study the sense of smell. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and was as a reader and 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. Rothman lives with her husband and two children in Long Island, New York. She is at work on her second novel.
About THE DNA OF YOU AND ME
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 questions of career versus family, the irrational sensibility of love, and the unanswerable what-if of the one who got away.