Sinking Islands


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$17.95  $16.69
Red Hen Press
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5.51 X 8.43 X 0.87 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Cai Emmons is the author of four novels--His Mother's Son, The Stylist, Weather Woman, Sinking Islands--and a story collection, Vanishing. She holds a BA from Yale University and two MFAs from New York University in film and 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 Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the Narrative Magazine and Missouri Review fiction prizes, 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.


"This prescient tale of a not-too-distant eco-dystopia will have readers on the edge of their seats. Shifting between vivid characters and far-flung settings, Sinking Islands spins a potent story about what happens when the unbelievable becomes reality, when the earth goes mad and takes all of us along for the ride. A captivating read."--Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Birds of Paradise

"With a dazzling array of characters and locations and just enough magic to surprise and enchant us, Sinking Islands explores how connection, mentorship, and dedication might alter the course of lives and planet. This novel is an ecofeminist gem."--Sharma Shields, author of The Cassandra

"Emmons gets readers to think about their small, everyday actions and how they can counter climate change. A gifted panel of characters has the reader reflecting upon their own gifts and qualities in this sweet and uplifting read."--Chelsia Rice, Montana Book Company, Helena, MT

"Emmons writes about the human condition of loneliness and how the devastation of climate change has caused profound loneliness. In Sinking Islands, we're taken to more places around the globe where climate destruction has either transformed or threatens to erase their beauty. The mood...isn't just gloom and doom, though; it's also wonderment and awe of Nature's therapeutic powers and why we must find therapies to save and heal our aching planet." --Enchanted Prose

"Sinking Islands is an timely enjoyable read that focuses on our current concerns about climate change." --Thoughts on This 'n That

"Sinking Islands offers a rare voice of optimism when it comes to eco-fiction, especially with its echo of the oft-quoted assertion that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. The important question here is not whether something can be done -- it's whether it will be done."--The Oregonian

"The local writer brings a sort of magical realism to climate change in her novels."--Eugene Weekly