Sunday, December 06, 2009

Pg. 69: Michelle Wildgen's "But Not for Long"

The current feature at the Page 69 Test: But Not for Long by Michelle Wildgen.

About the book, from the publisher:
Hard-shelled, career-minded Greta is the newest and least likely member of a sustainable foods cooperative house in Madison, Wisconsin. Shortly after she joins Karin and Hal in their stately residence near campus, the husband Greta left appears on their porch, drunk, and the reason for her sudden appearance becomes clear. Yet the house members already have plenty to occupy them: a series of summer blackouts has unearthed a disquietude lurking just under the surface for each of the three residents. Gas is dwindling, electricity is unreliable, and the natural world around them is in upheaval. The uneasiness of the environment mirrors that of Greta, Hal, and Karin as they each make efforts to resolve their own personal crises. With subtle attunement to the hovering uncertainty affecting each of her characters, Wildgen crafts a story both terrifying and beautiful.
Read an excerpt from But Not For Long, and learn more about the author and her work at Michelle Wildgen's website.

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The Page 69 Test: But Not for Long.

--Marshal Zeringue