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Sunset over Chocolate Mountain

Elderkin, Susan

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ISBN 10: 0871138085 / ISBN 13: 9780871138088
Published by Atlantic Monthly Pr, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2000
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Title: Sunset over Chocolate Mountain

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Pr, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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Theobald Moon hopes to satisfy the yearnings of his hungry soul (and considerable belly) when he leaves south London to start a new life in the Arizona desert.
Planting a cactus garden around his mobile home where he can star-gaze and practice yoga, Theo provides a haven of security for his small daughter Josie, weaving around her a gossamer web of fairy stories and belief in an ordered universe.
But as his little Jelly-O grows into disaffected adolescence, she has questions for Theo which he refuses to answer. For there is a terrible secret at the heart of this novel, a mystery which propels the brilliantly constructed narrative between the Arizona desert and snow-bound Slovakia, where an ice-cream seller and a shoe-factory worker meet and fall in love.
Is it chance or destiny that brings this young couple into contact with an overweight Englishman whose own longing for love could mean the end of their dreams?

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Susan Elderkin has seized the attention of the international literary world with her brilliant debut novel, in which the lives of an obese Englishman, a Slovakian shoemaker, an ice-cream man, and a young girl converge in the Arizona desert. Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains explores our places in the lives of our loved ones, and our place in the universe.

Theobald Moon lives in a lonely corner of the Arizona desert, tending his spectacular cactus garden, his tiny mobile home, and his astounding appetite. A refugee from a stifled, cardigan-and-tea-cozy life in south London, Theo has moved to this unfamiliar country and is raising Josephine, who has known no other life than their cheerful yet isolated American one. The only breaks in their peculiar routine come with the visits of a Marlboro Man-like cowboy named Jersey who has quietly, and for reasons of his own, assumed the role of protector of this little family.

Brought up on Theo's fairy stories and his belief in an ordered universe, Josephine is at first content with her child's life of ice cream and cactus watering. But as disaffected youth sets in she starts asking questions about her mysterious birth that Theo refuses to answer--until the secret reveals itself in a dramatic and surprising conclusion.

Innovative and accessible, funny and profound, Elderkin's narrative presents characters of startling originality, marked by endearing eccentricities and insights. Their story is about love and responsibility, and the joys and fears such emotions inspire. Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains is a rare and tantalizing first novel.

"Serendipitous.... The pleasures of Elderkin's book--its confident prose style, well-developed appreciation of the absurd, and Lawrentian moments in the desert--keep the show on the road."--Saturday Independent

"Full of delightful moments...a beatiful, touching story."--The Bookseller

"A wacky...lyrical debut novel."--Elle (London)

"These fanciful misfits curled their little tendrils around my semi-resistant heart.... A first-rate writer."--The Observer (London)

"In the seductive beauty of its language and its narrative skill, Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains is outstanding.... A hugely original, mesmerizing and memorable read."--The Hill

British author Susan Elderkin was born in 1968. She has worked as an ice-cream seller, and English teacher in a Slovakian shoe factory, and for the past five years, a freelance journalist.

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