An apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic science fiction novel.
In the near future, medical technology has advanced. Processed bamboo structures could replace bone, and any flesh within the reach of pixie dust could be regrown. When Lila Stevens loses her leg in a car crash, she proves to be the exception. Beyond the reach of modern medicine, in a society terrified by the disobedient edges of knowledge, she was the new pariah.
Exile she managed, but she would not accept anything but the most technologically advanced replacement for her leg. She conceded the unattainable, and reached for the attainable: an unremarkable gait. She bulldozed the best robotic scientists, doctors, and nanoengineers to have created a leg that would allow her to blend into crowds, as long as no one saw the leg itself.
She built a life for herself within the boundaries imposed on her by the loss of her leg, uniquely independent, living self-sustainably half way up a mountain abutting the edge of federal Adirondack parkland.
As she stumbled along in her independence, civilization faltered, then fell.
Then things really changed.