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Crookston Public Library VES (Text) 33500013299201 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library VES (Text) 33500013299193 New Checked out 12/09/2020

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  • ISBN: 9780525658078
  • ISBN: 0525658076
  • Physical Description: 429 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.

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"On the day of their estranged father's wedding, half-sisters Cheyenne and Livy set off to claim their inheritance. It's been years since the two have seen each other. Cheyenne is newly back in Seattle, crashing with Livy after a failed marriage and a series of dead ends. Livy works refinishing boats, her resentment against her free-loading sister growing as she tamps down dreams of fishing off the coast of Alaska. But the promise of a shot at financial security brings the two together to claim what's theirs. Except: instead of money, their father gives them information-a name-that both reveals a stunning secret and compels them to come to grips with it. Parallel and individually, the sisters and their adopted brother set out on journeys that will test their faith in each other, as well as their definitions of freedom. Moving from Seattle's underground to the docks of the Far North, from the hideaways of the southern swamps to the storied reaches of the Great Offshore Grounds, Veselka spins a tale with boundless verve and linguistic vitality, a deep interrogation of American greed and mythology, and an undeniable tenderness-it is the first great post-capitalist novel of the 21st century"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 August #1
    Thirtysomething half-sisters Livy and Cheyenne are barely afloat when their wealthy father throws them a curveball by telling them the name of a woman who is allegedly the birth mother to one of them. Is it Livy? Cheyenne? They're broke, but they have to find out. Cobbling together a few dollars, some from their adopted brother, Essex, the two set out from the West Coast, heading to Boston. The epic quest triggers a series of cascading events, a few tragic, a few bizarre, that tests the sisters' love for each other and their tenuous family unit. Veselka (Zazen, 2011) has a keen eye for social class: "money was everywhere, hidden in the make of a hiking boot and in the confidence with which people asked for things." And motherhood, a theme she wields sharply to highlight the precarious existence of people living on the fringes. A fitting story for our times of families trying to stay together despite all odds, redefining their own relationships along life's perilous journeys. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

VANESSA VESELKA is the author of the novel Zazen, which won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House and ZYZZYVA, and her nonfiction in GQ, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, The Atavist, and was included in Best American Essays and the anthology Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism. She has been, at various times, a teenage runaway, a sex worker, a union organizer, an independent record label owner, a train hopper, a waitress, and a mother. She lives in Portland, OR.

Subject: Sisters > Fiction.
Family secrets > Fiction.
Inheritance and succession > Fiction.
Adoptees > Fiction.
Birthmothers > Fiction.
Divorced women > Fiction.
Family secrets.
Inheritance and succession.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Mystery fiction.

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