A Novel

Cai Emmons
NZ$ 55.00
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h210 x 140mm - 304pg
6 Sep 2022 UK
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By award-winning author Cai Emmons, an ambitious and transcendent novel set against the backdrop of California' s wildfire season in which a family in crisis is thrust on a collision course with the world around them that has an outcome beyond their wildest imaginings. When Lu and George Barnes drop their only daughter, Pippa, off at college, they return to their Sonoma, California, home to face a marriage eroded beyond recognition. Without the camouflage of her beloved daughter, Lu finds herself unsure of who she is as a wife and a woman, increasingly disinterested in her husband' s pretentious values. George, on the other hand, struggles to understand his wife' s aimlessness, as she retreats further and further into her own world. Meanwhile Pippa, who has spent the past year shunning the intimacy she and her mother once shared in a desperate attempt to prove her independence, feels completely adrift in the bustle of L. A. , even fearful, given the recent disappearances of women with no worldly explanation, which have been confounding the country. She finds comfort only in her beloved cat and new interest in her zoology class-and its professor. While Lu and Pippa turn to the natural world in this moment of personal crisis, George clings more tightly than ever to the material life he' s built. But tensions outside the family are mounting as well-California' s wildfire season is swiftly approaching, and with it, a surprising reckoning that none of the Barneses can avoid.
"Unleashed is deeply insightful about our current moment, the way we struggle to balance the quotidian conflicts of love and family with the apocalyptic thunderclouds ever-growing over our heads. Cai Emmons has written a rich and moving book about the things that make life matter, even during the darkest times. " -Dan Chaon, author of Sleepwalk "A gripping and exquisite novel of love, loss, and estrangement in a brutally changing world. A propulsive family drama, Unleashed is also a passionate tale of transformation, with characters who leap off the page and a story that will captivate readers with its magic and warmth. " -Bruce Holsinger, author of The Gifted School and The Displacements
Cai Emmons is the author of six novels-His Mother' s Son, The Stylist, Weather Woman, Sinking Islands, Unleashed, Livid-and a story collection, Vanishing. She holds a BA from Yale University and two MFAs, one from New York University in film and the other from the University of Oregon in fiction. Before turning to fiction, Emmons wrote plays and screenplays. Winner of a Student Academy Award, an Oregon Book Award, and the Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize, and finalist for the Narrative Magazine, The Missouri Review, and the Sarton awards, she has taught at a variety of institutions, most recently in the creative writing program at the University of Oregon. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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