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By Valerie Miner

Loss and renewal within the lives of a person and a communityAfter Eden is a provocative novel that examines the that 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 barren region, 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 a much-needed holiday at her Northern California cabin. however the surprising demise of her existence accomplice forces her to reassess 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 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 gurus, beginners developing a lesbian group 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 group. A decidedly feminist view of the recent West, After Eden weaves lyrical prose with a special examine “family values” and what it rather capacity to be human.

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But she needed everything in place first, so they wouldn’t try to talk her out of it. This was the best way. After all, they were just being kind to her in Salerno’s memory. ‘‘You know,’’ Ruth was careful, determined. ’’ ≥∫ VALERIE MINER ‘‘It’s just the Beulah Ranch women, right? ’’ Emily spoke more defensively than she intended. ‘‘Well, yes, and Eva. Do you remember her—the forest ranger? She’s been taking Joyce on hiking weekends. ’’ ‘‘All women,’’ Emily shook her head. ’’ Ruth had another thought.

And wasn’t this grandmother’s daughter Teresa, Emily’s own sweet Momma, dead now for thirty-five years? 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.

She laughed. ’’ Phoenix continued barking. ‘‘Yes, Salerno, your friend, Salerno . ’’ The barking grew louder, swifter. ‘‘That’s right, your favorite musician’s coming home. ’’ Phoenix stood on the deck, wagging a feathery tail and cocking her large head. ‘‘Come on, girl. ’’ She gripped the carrier bag. ’’ Emily loved running along the ridge, watching the Mendocino hills folding one after another into golden velvet under clear blue sky. In Chicago she jogged sometimes, but the pavement hurt her feet, shins, eyes.

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