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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.

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"Three housemates find themselves in the midst of an eerily plausible energy crisis in Tin House senior editor Wildgen's solid second novel (after 2006's You're Not You). Greta moves into Hal and Karin's Madison, Wis., housing co-op to escape her marriage to an alcoholic, only to have him show up on the porch. Hal works for the nonprofit Southern Wisconsin Food Initiative (SWFI), while Karin is an assistant editor, and Greta is a fund-raiser for Grinwall College. Amid a worsening recession — where gas is largely unavailable and the entire city loses power — the housemates each struggle with personal crises, and an investigation into a possible drowning at the nearby lake only increases the sense of impending doom. Hal's mother recently died and he worries about a drop in food donations to the SWFI; Karin is threatened by Greta's arrival, fearing it will disrupt her platonic relationship with Hal; and Greta struggles to distance herself from her husband, Will. Wildgen skillfully shifts between the key players, focusing simultaneously on social and interpersonal issues. With its open-ended conclusion, the novel allows the characters' lives to resonate beyond the final page." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Wildgen's second novel is an engaging story with truly interesting and realistic characters the reader will care about." Booklist

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Hard-shelled, career-minded Greta is the newest and least likely member of a sustainable-foods cooperative house in Madison, Wisconsin. When the husband Greta left appears on the porch, drunk, the reason for her sudden appearance becomes clear.

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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 environ ment 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.

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Greta has left her old life behind and moved into a sustainable foods co-op in Madison, Wisconsin. Just as she begins to settle in with her two housemates, the husband she left behind appears on their porch, drunk. His arrival begins a dark three-day period during which all three residents of the house will have to reckon with a disquietude lurking under the surface of their little society. A series of summer blackouts, gas shortages, and an ominous disappearance will force them all out into a larger world that seems everywhere on the verge of crisis.

About the Author

Michelle Wildgen is a senior editor at Tin House. Her first novel, You're Not You, a New York Times Editor's Choice and one of People Magazine's Ten Best Books of 2006, is now in development for film by Hilary Swank and Denise DiNovi. Wildgen's work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, and literary journals including Prairie Schooner and TriQuarterly.

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evdickmann, November 16, 2009 (view all comments by evdickmann)
Once again, Michelle Wildgen's setting and characters captivate and compel the reader to stay seated for the duration. Whether it be novel, essay, or short story, Wildgen continues to gather loyal fans. BUT NOT FOR LONG gives much to ponder, both during and after its reading.
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A thoroughly engaging read - difficult to stop once I started. This is the sort of book that made me reflect on my own life and I vividly experienced feelings of fear and hope for the world while reading it (sometimes at the same time). I'm recommending it to everyone I meet and I am in awe of her talent.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312571412
Author:
Wildgen, Michelle
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Urban Life
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Married people
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100928
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Three housemates find themselves in the midst of an eerily plausible energy crisis in Tin House senior editor Wildgen's solid second novel (after 2006's You're Not You). Greta moves into Hal and Karin's Madison, Wis., housing co-op to escape her marriage to an alcoholic, only to have him show up on the porch. Hal works for the nonprofit Southern Wisconsin Food Initiative (SWFI), while Karin is an assistant editor, and Greta is a fund-raiser for Grinwall College. Amid a worsening recession — where gas is largely unavailable and the entire city loses power — the housemates each struggle with personal crises, and an investigation into a possible drowning at the nearby lake only increases the sense of impending doom. Hal's mother recently died and he worries about a drop in food donations to the SWFI; Karin is threatened by Greta's arrival, fearing it will disrupt her platonic relationship with Hal; and Greta struggles to distance herself from her husband, Will. Wildgen skillfully shifts between the key players, focusing simultaneously on social and interpersonal issues. With its open-ended conclusion, the novel allows the characters' lives to resonate beyond the final page." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Wildgen's second novel is an engaging story with truly interesting and realistic characters the reader will care about."
"Synopsis" by , Hard-shelled, career-minded Greta is the newest and least likely member of a sustainable-foods cooperative house in Madison, Wisconsin. When the husband Greta left appears on the porch, drunk, the reason for her sudden appearance becomes clear.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 environ ment 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.

"Synopsis" by ,

Greta has left her old life behind and moved into a sustainable foods co-op in Madison, Wisconsin. Just as she begins to settle in with her two housemates, the husband she left behind appears on their porch, drunk. His arrival begins a dark three-day period during which all three residents of the house will have to reckon with a disquietude lurking under the surface of their little society. A series of summer blackouts, gas shortages, and an ominous disappearance will force them all out into a larger world that seems everywhere on the verge of crisis.

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