Rupetta by N. A. Sulway
Paperback – Tartarus Press – 2015 – 331 pages
Four hundred years ago, in a small town in rural France, a young woman creates the future in the shape of Rupetta. Part mechanical, part human, Rupetta’s consciousness is tied to the women who wind her. In the years that follow she is bought and sold, borrowed, forgotten and revered. By the twentieth century, the Rupetan fourfold law rules everyone’s lives, but Rupetta — the immortal being on whose existence and history those laws are based — is the keeper of a secret that will tear apart the world her followers have built in her name.