After Eden: A Novel (Literature of the American West) by Valerie Miner

By Valerie Miner

Loss and renewal within the lives of a person and a communityAfter Eden is a provocative novel that examines the which means of domestic and homelessness between those who see such concerns as greater than abstractions. In a narrative populated by means of Pomo Indians, Euro-American ranchers and vintners, and Mexican American migrant workers, Valerie Miner deftly juxtaposes differing cultural perspectives of desolate tract, trespassing, and residential. Her dramatic novel is modern, whereas reflecting on centuries of switch in a likely Edenic place.Looking ahead to reduction from her activity as a urban planner in Chicago, Emily Adams starts off a much-needed holiday at her Northern California cabin. however the surprising loss of life of her existence accomplice forces her to reassess own commitments. stuck up in mirrored image, she involves comprehend the intricacies of existence in her pastoral retreat—complexities that she had by no means prior to considered.In the modern day Eden of California’s coastal diversity, Emily reveals clash throughout her: among loggers and environmentalists, farmworkers and immigration professionals, rookies setting up a lesbian neighborhood and long-time citizens clinging to conventional ways.As Emily learns to beat grief, her tale strikes from loss to renewal for either the person and the neighborhood. A decidedly feminist view of the recent West, After Eden weaves lyrical prose with a distinct examine “family values” and what it rather skill to be human.

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She did come back, although a lesbian and a graduate student in regional planning wasn’t the prodigal incarnation he anticipated. Still, Michael was sophisticated and, as a new real estate lawyer, had clients in all parts of the city, including the Castro. He worked hard at being brotherly. His most disastrous e√ort was the dinner party he hosted for his sister and her new lover with his ‘‘gay friends,’’ Nigel and Walter, who owned a flash apartment house. She had stormed out during the crème brûlée, in the middle of a row about Proposition ∞≠≤.

It made no sense, no genetic sense, because Teresa’s father had lived to the age of ninety and all her brothers and sisters were still flourishing in Polish Catholic neighborhoods on the east coast. It made no moral sense because if anyone should have died early, it was Emily’s arrogant father, Peter. How different life would have been for this exchange. Teresa had been beautiful, smart, musical. If only she hadn’t fallen in love with Peter Adams, who locked her away in a Burlingame split-level ranch house.

Michael tipped an invisible hat. Oh, god, how she hated silly social games. But what did she want? For them to sit and wail with her, to screech out their lungs until they had no voices, no mouths, no bodies, until all of them and everything was no more?

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