Sheffield University Professor Bill Ledger began warning years ago of an “infertility time bomb” ticking in Europe and the UK.
As a major source for steel during World War II, Sheffield was a frequent target of bombing raids.
LaPlante also knew the tree-lined Chicago street—Sheffield Avenue—where she set the novel.
manufacturing city in Yorkshire, noted for cutlery and metalwork since at least 14c. The name is from late Old English Scafeld "Open Land by the River Sheaf," an Old English river name, perhaps from sceað "boundary."