Neena Gathering

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9780517006436: Neena Gathering

The cities were all gone, the people were gone, too. And the children. All dead.

A nation divided, turns on itself with brutal, primitive cruelty, unleashing the ghastly mutations of blistering chemical warfare that leave a desolate wasteland where the United States once flourished...

Menaced by roaming bands of scavengers, alone and lonely on a remote West Virginia farm, Neena and her aunt battle to carve a marginal existence from the ashes of an annihilated civilization. Suddenly Neena’s missing uncle arrives out of the north, shattering their uneasy peace with his haunting memories, his worldly ways, and violent passions. Against her will, the woman-child Neena is forced to choose her destiny in the shape of two men. One, handsome and vital, teaches her hatred and fear; the other, horribly transformed by the chemical Change, lays bare the intricacies of the human heart. Will Neena bow to the demands of kin and blood, or brave the gentle path, sowing fresh seeds of hope in a savage future no one can second guess?

“[A] charming, unpretentious novel... an auspicious debut.” --Publishers Weekly

“A great book and I'm glad I took the time the read it.” --Cosy Catastrophe

“A pleasant variation on the post-holocaust form.” --Locus

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About the Author:

CASSANDRA MORRIS has done voiceover work for Disney, appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, and can be seen in the future film Double Parked.

Review:

"Unlike many postholocaust stories that offer Huck Finns wandering the wasteland, this charming, unpretentious novel delves into a different form of the pastoral, modeling itself on Thoreauvian attention to a person's place and moral actions in the spheres of nature, society, intellect and the like....This is an auspicious debut." Publishers Weekly (first edition, 1988)

"Neena, a young girl in America fallen apart into little states, and devastated by a series of vicious little wars, is raised on a farm by her aunt. As the scattered survivors try to cope with the destruction of civilization, Neena encounters her neighbors, vicious and unscrupulous scavengers, men scarred chemically and psychologically by wars. Neena also learns decency and friendship, and struggles to create and preserve happiness and love in a world of danger, hardship and beauty. In the process, Neena brings the blessing of peace and contentment to the people around her." In Other Worlds

"Ultimately, it's simply people, helping, trusting, and caring for each other, who bring hope and reaffirmation of life to a grim world." Locus

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