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 who see such concerns as greater than abstractions. In a narrative populated through Pomo Indians, Euro-American ranchers and vintners, and Mexican American migrant employees, Valerie Miner deftly juxtaposes differing cultural perspectives of desolate tract, 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 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 lifestyles companion forces her to re-evaluate 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 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 experts, 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 hot West, After Eden weaves lyrical prose with a distinct examine “family values” and what it quite potential to be human.
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These woods had been a sacred place. As they padded deeper into the grove, the ground was softer, damper, layered with needles and branches. The walking was so di√erent from hiking on the headlands, gazing up at the ocean, or wandering around the ranch, observing the vineyards and hilly farms. Here the air held more moisture, more life. Michael had the same hushed reaction, save for the moment when he extended his hand as she stepped over a log. They proceeded together and separately. Well, perhaps not separately so much as silently, for walking with another in the embrace of these ancients was a kind of worship, the experience heightened, deepened, by the sharing.
Salerno who found them an a√ordable house to rent in Oakland. Salerno who . . ’’ Fire and . . How would she survive without Salerno’s ﬁre? During the past two months, Emily had lived underground, had often thought of pulling the warm dirt over the two of them as they drifted together down into the earth. The image was always interrupted by the memory of what she had found there—the tools, fetishes? Now these objects lay limply in her ≥∑ ≥∏ VALERIE MINER lap. Emily also dreamed of entering the sea.
Now she realized she had inherited this tinkering from her dad and she imagined his curmudgeonly company in the fresh warm air. Phoenix, meanwhile, snored contentedly on the grass below. This weather was remarkably warm for June. She’d have to quit in a couple of hours when the sunshine hit this side of the cabin. The swallows continued to swing by—at ﬁrst every ten minutes, then every half hour, always repelled by the macabre black napkins waving in the wind, like bats from the Inferno. Surely the birds would give up soon, ﬁnd another site for their nest and their shit.
After Eden: A Novel (Literature of the American West) by Valerie Miner