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In the tradition of magic realism, Lawrence R. Smith brings us a wickedly funny, highly original novel about a group of soup kitchen regulars who take on corporate forces and the federal government. The "shadow plague" is striking young and old throughout the world with severe amnesia, dementia, and eventual death, and no one knows the cause or the cure. Annie O'Rourke, a ninety-five-year-old retired nurse who runs a soup kitchen for the homeless in Lemon City, California, believes environmental degradation is the culprit. Development and pollution have devastated the Santa Ana River watershed, and Annie is convinced that if she purifies the river, she will cure Southern California's plague victims and stimulate worldwide healing. With Whiskey Ed, Library Lady, the General, Roderigo, Skulford Elephant, and Perry-all soup kitchen regulars with special skills and powers-ecowarrior Annie forms the Magnificent Seven. Embarking on a campaign of inspired environmental monkeywrenching, the Magnificent Seven attack a waste disposal plant, a cannery, and an oil refinery, inciting a media frenzy.
When Annie discovers a cure for the shadow plague that includes immersion in the Santa Ana River, she must try to convince authorities to conduct an emergency cleanup. Amidst negotiations, a twenty-five-day flood leaves its mark on Southern California. After the flood recedes, powerful interests seize the land and accuse the Magnificent Seven of terrorism. The group must plan its next move.
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Lawrence R. Smith is a novelist, poet, translator, and former editor of the literary journal Caliban. Smith is author of The Plain Talk of the Dead and translator of The King of the Storeroom by Antonio Porta and No Trace of the Gardener: Poems of Yang Mu. He lives in Southern California where he has worked every Friday for the last eight years in a soup kitchen.
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Book Description University of Oklahoma Press. Condition: New. Hardcover. Worldwide shipping. FREE fast shipping inside USA (express 2-3 day delivery also available). Tracking service included. Ships from United States of America. Seller Inventory # 0806135298
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Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. New, unread first edition. Signed by Smith on the title page. University of Oklahoma Press, c 2003, hardback, first printing (complete number line) , Fine/Fine dust jacket. 236 pages, unmarked. ISBN 0806135298, FICTION; E3660 S Fic-2; Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 34179