Kinship of Clover


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$16.95  $15.76
Red Hen Press
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5.4 X 0.8 X 8.5 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Ellen Meeropol is the author of two previous novels, House Arrest and On Hurricane Island, as well as Carry it Forward, a dramatic program about the Rosenberg Fund for Children. A former nurse practitioner and part-time bookseller, Ellen is fascinated by characters balanced on the fault lines between political turmoil and human connection. Her short fiction and essay publications include Bridges, DoveTales, Pedestal, Rumpus, Portland Magazine and The Writers Chronicle. Ellen is a founding member of Straw Dog Writers Guild and lives in western Massachusetts.


"Ellen Meeropol has an uncanny knack for examining the big topics of our contemporary world and putting a human face on them. In Kinship of Clover, she does this with intelligence and a big generous heart. An important book by a unique writer, it's a must read." --Ann Hood, The Knitting Circle

"Ellen Meeropol's new novel, Kinship of Clover, is a stunning kaleidoscope of humanity, with characters so real and complicated and full of life that you'll want to linger with them over coffee long after the last page is turned. She treats them all with tremendous generosity, but it's her creation of Flo, the feisty revolutionary whose mind is devoured a little more each day by Alzheimer's, who won my heart through and through." --Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop (South Hadley, MA)

"Midway through this wonderful novel, you will find a woman dancing in her wheelchair. That scene is one of many memorable moments in a story about young people organizing for a sustainable future, even as their once-radical elders try to hold on to a gradually disappearing past. This is a book about time and love, politics and family, and it is sharply observant and deeply compassionate." --Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love

"Ellen Meeropol, writing with heartbreaking truth, clarity, and empathy, illustrates how deeply entwined are the search for justice, the cost society imposes on political beliefs, and the price children can pay for their parent's convictions. Kinship of Clover weaves strands of family and friends who go back decades, in connections and beliefs, until you are desperate to see the final fabric. Meeropol had me turning pages deep into the night, forcing me to think, making me cry, and, finally, having me believe in the possibility of a better world. I loved this book." --Randy Susan Meyers, author of Accidents of Marriage

"Ellen Meeropol brings her keen political sense and psychological understanding to this story of family secrets and family trauma. Kinship of Clover is compelling and the characters stay with you long after you've finished the book." --Nancy Felton, co-owner of Broadside Bookshop (Northampton, MA)

"Ellen Meeropol writes with courage and tenderness about characters who are under overwhelming threat. The dangers include a trauma too difficult for a young man to integrate, an activist's fine brain under assault by Alzheimer's, and the destruction of our precious eco-system. Yet even when defeat and disaster seem inevitable, Meeropol weaves a tale full of heart and hope." --Jacqueline Sheehan, author of The Center of the World

"Kinship of Clover counters our culture's typically insular fiction. From a teenage girl in a wheelchair experiencing her first romantic relationship, to an older activist suffering from Alzheimer's, to a father adjusting after years in prison, to a young man affected by childhood trauma, to environmentalists worried about global destruction, to biracial characters accepting their heritage, Kinship of Clover depicts our diversity. Meeropol's social concerns drive issues that surround these sensitively drawn characters. But the novel's subjects are secondary to the story, one as elaborate and engaging as its ideological undercurrent." --Nan Cuba, author of Body and Bread

"This smart, lyrical novel cooks up a cast of quirky characters dealing as best they can with a host of 21st century issues: climate change and biodiversity loss, physical and mental illness; personal tragedy, alternative lifestyles and the enduring love among friends and family. Ellen Meeropol's deep knowledge of the environment, health care, progressive politics and the human heart shines through on every page. A thought-provoking delight to read; I couldn't put it down!" --Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D., What I Forgot...And Why I Remembered: A Journey to Awareness and Activism Through Purposeful Memoir