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ALL OVER CREATION.

Ozeki, Ruth.

ISBN 10: 0670030910 / ISBN 13: 9780670030910
Published by New York: The Viking Press, (2003.) dj, 2003
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. Her second novel, selected as one of the best books of 2003 by the San Francisco Chronicle, which said 'Ruth Ozeki’s follow-up to her first novel, “My Year of Meats,” is a triumph that earns its inclusive title. “All Over Creation” naturally and joyfully folds concerns about genetically modified organisms into a powerful family drama set in rural Idaho, telling the story of a daughter’s homecoming 25 years after she ran away from her now-ailing parents’ potato farm. As the daughter is forced to examine the circumstances of her adolescent flight and to make peace while it’s still possible, Ozeki weaves in a story of corporate malfeasance, creating a novel at once educational and entertaining, with multidimensional characters and an engaging narrative voice.' SIGNED on the title page. 420 pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 48740

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Title: ALL OVER CREATION.

Publisher: New York: The Viking Press, (2003.) dj

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Returning home to the Idaho potato farm she fled twenty-five years earlier, Japanese-American Yumi struggles with her father's terminal illness, her mother's Alzheimer's, her former best friend, and a former lover who once offended the town. By the author of My Year of Meats. 30,000 first printing.

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The three clans at once enabling and torturing each other in Ruth Ozeki's All Over Creation--the central Fuller family, the neighboring Quinns, and the rag-tag activist found-family known as the "Seeds"--lift a basic morality play about forgiveness to a higher level. But what really gives All Over Creation its steam and sends it off in unexpected directions is the supporting story of modern mankind's crucial but tenuous connection to nature, set in this case on a potato farm in sleepy Idaho.

Lloyd Fuller and his war-bride wife Momoko struggle to make their massive farm thrive. Teenage daughter Yumi, on the other hand, has no trouble blooming. She's a wild child, but a series of bad decisions lead to a protracted estrangement from her puritanical father. When, years later, the adult Yumi reluctantly returns to the farm with her three children to care for her ailing parents, she must confront the wreckage she left behind (and the wreckage she's made of her own life), while forging an uneasy peace with childhood friend Cass Quinn. Before long, the Fullers and the Quinns must also confront the radical environmentalist Seeds, who are convinced that dying Lloyd and delusional Momoko hold the key to propagating plant life on earth--and sidetracking the schemes of evil corporations--through smart farming. And they may be right. The abundant children on hand reinforce this theme of proper husbandry; they are, like nature, both a tremendous gift and a daunting responsibility. And while not every character--Yumi in particular--is likable, Ozeki, whose first novel was the funny and polemical My Year of Meats, provokes empathy through plain old humanity. Indeed, her ability to make us care deeply about the fate of these strangers is the book's most abiding grace. The story's conclusion takes some convenient outs, but the ride to the end is touching and terrific, thanks to the author's spare but elegant prose and, especially, her kaleidoscopic cast. --Kim Hughes, Amazon.ca

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