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But Not for Long

But Not for Long
Michelle Wildgen
Thomas Dunne Books
Publish date: 2009-09-13
$24.99
0312571410
Hardcover

Synopsis:

Michelle Wildgen is a native of Wisconsin living in Madison.

She is a senior Editor at Tin House Magazine. This is her second novel.

Review:

Set in Madison, But Not for Long follows the lives of three people. The story takes place in the spring over the course of three days during a mysterious blackout. Hal, Karin, and Greta share a healthy living co-op residence on the city's east side. All three of the characters in this novel live very separate and private lives, with Greta being the newest member to the home. Hal is a 30 something fellow who seems to be floundering at a local nonprofit food share program, while Karin is a young woman trying to make a career out of journalism in the food production industry. Greta, in her late 30s, is married and working for a private college on the finance board when she realizes she can no longer share her life with her alcoholic husband. This is a very quiet novel driven by its elusive characters, the mysterious blackout and its unforeseeable effects on the future of the city. But Not for Long is a crafty novel; a literary portrait of the moral predicaments of our times.

   
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