By Valerie Miner
Loss and renewal within the lives of anyone and a communityAfter Eden is a provocative novel that examines the that 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 aid 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 dying of her existence companion 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 prior to considered.In the modern day Eden of California’s coastal variety, Emily unearths clash throughout her: among loggers and environmentalists, farmworkers and immigration gurus, newbies 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 neighborhood. A decidedly feminist view of the hot West, After Eden weaves lyrical prose with a unique examine “family values” and what it relatively ability to be human.
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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. She hadn’t been with Salerno long enough to understand the power of her wishing. First of all, it had been Salerno who knew they were destined to spend their lives together. Salerno who seduced her that night in the pool room.
Thanks so much for asking,’’ Emily shook her head regretfully. ’’ Eventually she’d have to tell Ruth and the others that Michael was helping her with the land sale. 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.
Salerno had chased after her, demanding why she had started a discussion about property tax with mini realty moguls? Salerno was a better person than she would ever be. So was Michael. In recent years they saw each other every six months, coming to- AFTER EDEN ∂∞ gether with the mute good will of siblings separated by a long-ago war, fond of each other without understanding why, ready for connection, unsure how to achieve it. Sometimes they visited Baba together in Pennsylvania; sometimes they found one another during a California summer.