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Ordinary World Paperback – August 4, 2013
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About the Author
I’m a wanderer. I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, and moved to Los Angeles when I was nineteen. In 1993, I volunteered in Sri Lanka and Thailand for 18 months, and made several more trips over the years. Eventually, I joined a team that worked to end the Sri Lanka civil war, and helped bring about a cease-fire there. In 2004, I settled in rural southern Utah, where I made artisan cheese for eight years. Last year, I became a father, and there weren’t enough hours in the day for cheesemaking anymore. I’ve loved writing since I was a child. I began my first novel at age thirty, and it’s not finished yet. My first published novel, Ordinary World, came out in 2012 and received great reviews. Now that I’m otherwise unemployed, writing allows me to work while still having the flexibility to be a good father.
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Some fo the finer details of goat raising and cheese making were interesting in small doses and the author did a great job of transporting the reader to the cold desert lands of Utah. As an aside, I wonder how anybody can stand to live there, financial breakdown or not, but since the author seems to make it work I will defer to his better knowledge. Just seemed awfully cold. Anyway, this is a nice story about surviving tough times and finding your faith. If you are looking for a lot of "Mad Max", aside from one instance, you may be disappointed. This is more about a community coming together, not falling apart.
Questions for the author: How does post-apocalyptic literature promote or challenge Zionism (1-5)? Are you descended from Miles Standish, a mercenary hired by the Pilgrims, who possibly helped to dig graves, or is this fiction (45)? Is the story of the Ghost Rabbit original or based upon indigenous-American folklore (165-7)? How does US colonialism impact the ending of the story, where the main characters attribute their survival to the graciousness of God...yet the native-people's expulsion from the land by settlers centuries earlier is not mentioned? Were the Dark Ages actually "dark" (277)? Why do you feel like you never belonged (302)?
And if they were so prepared why did they not understand that something could happen to the solar and that having an emergency supply on hand was important? I live where I get city water yet I have a well and water set aside in case of weather events.
Why were cold frames not utilized? Why was straw not available to protect tender plants?
I enjoyed the read but there were some obvious flaws in the story line.