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About the Author

Mei Mei Evans is associate professor at Alaska Pacific University and coeditor of The Environmental Justice Reader. Now a resident of Anchorage, she was a public information officer for Homer, Alaska, during the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
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  • Series: University of Alaska Press - The Alaska Literary Series
  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: University of Alaska Press (February 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602232008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602232006
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catalina Garcia on April 6, 2013
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This book should be required reading for every North American citizen. What I appreciate most about this book is how it speaks to contemporary oil spill disasters so clearly, and yet, is also so clearly focused on one spill, one place, and the chaos unleashed on the people who live in that place, love it, and love life. The trauma that each person endures is unique, yet all are tied by love of place and culture. Mei Mei Evans writes their stories with the insight from her own broken heart, as well as years of experience dealing with oil company executives, the long-lasting effects of "clean-up" and the relentless need of human beings to feed their families in any way they can. For those of us currently trying to ferret out information about oil pipe spills in our backyards, the Tar Sands pipeline battle, and how to make a difference, this book tells us WHY these things matter, and WHY it is so important to take action in order to save our own lives and livelihoods. Leaving it up to the oil companies, Evans makes clear, means sacrificing not just heart and soul, but loved ones as well. Brava, Mei Mei - and thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Sontag on February 6, 2013
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I appreciate this novel for so many reasons.

Evans clearly knows the material and through her characters demonstrates her palpable love for the State of Alaska. Many years in the making, this novel gives those of us who were "Outside" a feel for the devastation felt by those intimately involved in the process of "recovery" following the grounding of the Exxon Valdez. For those of us that do our best to walk gently upon the land, seeing Ms. Evans' deep appreciation of all that is Alaska is uplifting. To read of the destruction following the grounding of the oil tanker, described so viscerally, is devastating. While reading (and after) I can smell and see it...and the grief returns.

Mei Mei Evans is an Alaskan treasure. Oil and Water is both a well-told story and an obituary for the sea life and humans dependant on it for subsistence living-all sacrificed in the name of oil.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marybeth Holleman on June 18, 2013
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In this novel. the narrative begins with the spill itself and follows four main characters as they deal with and respond to the first year of the disaster. Evans takes us back into a disaster we'd just as soon forget - especially those of us who lived it first-hand - but with such real characters that we are compelled to keep reading. Evans makes use of the freedoms of fiction and the constraints of reality to dig deep into the human effects of an environmental disaster, allowing us to see what has not before been seen, understand what has not before been understood. It is an unflinchingly clear and brave look at a hard subject that affects every one of us, no matter where we live.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Simpson on January 24, 2014
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I enjoyed the story and the characters and also enjoyed that I learned about an important, tragic event in Alaska history while reading it.
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