Publisher description for Yellowcake / Ann Cummins.
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For her acclaimed collection of stories, Red Ant House, Joyce Carol
Oates hailed Ann Cummins as "a master storyteller." The San
Francisco Chronicle called her "startlingly original." Now, in her debut
novel, Cummins stakes claim to rich new literary territory with a story
of straddling cultures and cheating fate in the American Southwest.
Yellowcake introduces us to two unforgettable families--one Navajo, one
Anglo--some thirty years after the closing of the uranium mill near where
they once made their collective home. When little Becky Atcitty shows up
on the Mahoneys" doorstep all grown up, the past comes crashing in on
Ryland and his lively brood. Becky, the daughter of one of the Navajo
mill workers Ryland had supervised, is now involved in a group seeking
damages for those harmed by the radioactive dust that contaminated their
world. But Ryland wants no part of dredging up their past--or acknowledging
his future. When his wife joins the cause, the messy,
modern lives of this eclectic cast of characters collide once again, testing
their mettle, stretching their faith, and reconnecting past and present in
unexpected new ways.
Finely crafted, deeply felt, and bursting with heartache and hilarity,
Yellowcake is a moving story of how everyday people sort their way
through life, with all its hidden hazards.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Uranium miners -- Health and hygiene -- New Mexico -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Navajo Indians -- Fiction.
Conflict of generations -- Fiction.