By Valerie Miner
Loss and renewal within the lives of somebody and a communityAfter Eden is a provocative novel that examines the which means of domestic and homelessness between those that see such concerns as greater than abstractions. In a narrative populated through Pomo Indians, Euro-American ranchers and vintners, and Mexican American migrant workers, Valerie Miner deftly juxtaposes differing cultural perspectives of desert, trespassing, and residential. Her dramatic novel is modern, whereas reflecting on centuries of swap in a likely 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 demise of her lifestyles accomplice forces her to think again 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 unearths clash throughout her: among loggers and environmentalists, farmworkers and immigration professionals, rookies 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 distinct examine “family values” and what it quite capability to be human.
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Phoenix lay still, eyes open to nothingness. Emily’s attention played between the small tattooed sticks in her hand and the gingering horizon. She ﬁngered the implement cautiously. Was it one object or two? Phoenix looked up. Emily knew the dog craved touch and she tried to be attentive, but right now she had feelings only for the dead. She wanted to crawl into the warmth of Salerno’s ashes buried around the base of the stately Douglas ﬁr. That tree was why they built here. ’’ Emily had nodded indulgently.
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. Arthur, ethereal owner of the used bookstore and the Valley’s sole fax machine, nodded shyly, obviously recognizing her as a patron, if not a Valley local. Arthur was perennially distracted. D. in history, he spent all day behind his counter reading. The Book Box was famous for the best English Civil War collection in California, and the prices were outrageous because Arthur didn’t really want to lose his library.
Phoenix barked, drawing Emily’s attention to the red gold ball setting on the horizon. Emily stared directly, as she had every night for sixty-one days, willing the sun to burn away her pain. Just as she had sat, in the brightness of each morning, in Salerno’s chair, at Salerno’s spot, turning red, then peeling, red, then peeling, until her skin, too tired to burn, went brown. Ruth said she was trying to bake away her grief. But Emily did it as much in hope of melanoma. Where was the line between restoration and destruction?
After Eden: A Novel (Literature of the American West) by Valerie Miner