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But not for long
Michelle Wildgen
Adult Fiction WILDGEN

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Summary: 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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main characters Greta
Female
Married
Moved into a housing co-op to escape her alcoholic husband; fund-raiser for a college.
College employee

Hal
Male
Lives with Greta; works for the nonprofit Southern Wisconsin Food Initiative; mother recently died; concerned over the drop of food donations to his organization.
Charitable foundation employee

Karin
Female
Lives with Greta and Hal; feels threatened by Greta; fears Greta will ruin her friendship with Hal.
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