By Valerie Miner
Loss and renewal within the lives of someone and a communityAfter Eden is a provocative novel that examines the that means of domestic and homelessness between those who see such matters as greater than abstractions. In a narrative populated by way of Pomo Indians, Euro-American ranchers and vintners, and Mexican American migrant employees, Valerie Miner deftly juxtaposes differing cultural perspectives of wasteland, trespassing, and residential. Her dramatic novel is modern, whereas reflecting on centuries of swap in a doubtless Edenic place.Looking ahead to reduction from her task 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 associate forces her to reconsider own commitments. stuck up in mirrored image, she involves comprehend the intricacies of lifestyles in her pastoral retreat—complexities that she had by no means earlier than considered.In the modern day Eden of California’s coastal variety, Emily reveals clash throughout her: among loggers and environmentalists, farmworkers and immigration specialists, newbies setting up a lesbian group and long-time citizens clinging to standard ways.As Emily learns to beat grief, her tale strikes from loss to renewal for either the person and the group. A decidedly feminist view of the recent West, After Eden weaves lyrical prose with a special examine “family values” and what it relatively capability to be human.
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Today every space by the market was claimed, so Emily parked at the post o≈ce—aiming for something between decorous and deﬁant—then walked back to the food stalls set up in the parking lot of the Fairburn Hotel. Clive and Ethel Baxter, now in their late seventies, had placed a small card table at the back of their truck, where they were selling lettuce, red and yellow tomatoes, bristly lemon cucumbers. Oh, good, the ﬂower man was here—with buckets of sunﬂowers and dahlias and ranunculus. She bought a brilliant spray of sunﬂowers to greet Salerno.
Could imagine the ﬂames. ’’ He was alarmed. ’’ Her certainty was sliced by sirens. She pulled over to the shoulder as a red ﬁre truck sped past. From above, they heard the helicopter. Back on the highway she drove carefully around the bends and suddenly they saw, eighty yards ahead, a green ﬁre truck peeling in from the other direction. At the crest of a hill they caught yellow ﬂames beneath smoke-heavy shadows. ’’ Emily steered around trucks and sedans stopped on the roadside. Phoenix yapped sharply, loudly.
Phoenix stood, stared, sni√ed, then busily waved her tail as she loped down toward the short, dark woman. ‘‘Great guard dog,’’ Emily laughed. Delighted to see her favorite neighbor, Emily relished Ruth’s idiosyncratic blend of New York intensity and go-with-the-ﬂow country pulse. Some people failed to perceive Ruth’s determination under all that ironic wit and warmth. She was completely committed to her art and her ten-year-old daughter, Joyce. Both had ﬂourished since she moved to Mendocino in ∞Ω∫Ω.
After Eden: A Novel (Literature of the American West) by Valerie Miner