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All Over Creation

By Ruth Ozeki
2003, 420 pages, hardback.
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In Power County, Idaho, all hell is about to break loose.

Meet Yumi Fuller: Nicknamed Yummy, and as a girl she was. Even in a biblically severe environment, like Power County, Idaho. Until, when she was fifteen, she ran away from home. From her parents, Momoko and Lloyd Fuller. From her best friend; and from the man who had been her first lover. Now, twenty-five years and three kids later, this single mother and wayward daughter is about to return home to the fold.

…Lloyd and Momoko Fuller. Lloyd once ran the largest potato operation in Power County until a weak heart forced him to downsize. Momoko, his Japanese wife, is a gardener who can cause even barren land to bloom. After a lifetime of careful propagation, they have begun to feel the ravages of time.

…Cass Quinn. The girl who stayed behind. Married a farmer, Will; survived cancer, took care of everything-including Momoko and Lloyd. But enough is enough.

…Elliot Rhodes. Former hippie and history teacher-now he's a PR flak working for a sleek Washington, D.C.-based firm that spins for agribusiness. But he's got a problem with potatoes-and a little difficulty with grass-roots resistance-which threaten to send him back to the last place on earth he wants to be.

…The Seeds of Resistance. A rollicking band of environmentalist muckrackers who travel the U.S. in their "Spudnick," a camping car, biofueled by french-fry oil, heisted from a highway McDonald's. They're on their way to where the action is, in their terms: a teeming community of spud farmers and all-American folks; and a place on the cusp of change, where neither potatoes nor much of anything else can remain as they have been.

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"Ruth Ozeki is bent on taking the novel into corners of American culture no one else has thought to look-but where she finds us in all our transcultural and technological weirdness. With a combination of humor and pathos that is all her own, Ozeki brings the American pastoral forward into the age of agribusiness and genetic engineering. The result is a smart and compelling novel about a world we don't realize we live in."
-Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire

"All Over Creation opens wider with every plot twist as it moves from tenderness to comedy to sobering truth and the whole world in the eye of one family's storm. This is Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang updated by thirty years, with modern environmental challenges on the map and women in the front seat, driving the story."
-Barbara Kingsolver, author of The Poisonwood Bible

"Ruth Ozeki is a writer of great passion and purpose. She fearlessly tackles big issues, stirs up revolutions, and unveils truths with keen insight and humor that touches our hearts and opens our minds."
-Gail Tsukiyama, author of The Samurai's Garden

"With a natural storyteller's ability to communicate both the hilarious and profound, Ozeki writes about love and sex, bioengineering and social responsibility, deftly communicating her uncanny feel for the texture of contemporary American life."
-Paula Sharp, author of Crows Over a Wheatfield

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Background on Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki, author of the award-winning novel My Year of Meats, worked for more than a decade in television and film. Her documentary and dramatic films have been shown on PBS, at the Sundance Film Festival, and at colleges and universities across the country. She divides her time between New York City and British Columbia.

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