All the Living

By C. E. Morgan
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374103620, 208pp.)

Publication Date: March 31, 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the April 2009 Indie Next List
“The quiet tension and powerful, exquisite writing transport the reader deeply into the lives of people struggling with love, loss, and life. The work reminds us of the value of literature and its meaning to our psyche.”
-- Ed Conklin, Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, CA


Description

One summer, a young woman travels with her lover to the isolated tobacco farm he has inherited after his family dies in a terrible accident. As Orren works to save his family farm from drought, Aloma struggles with the loneliness of farm life and must find her way in a combative, erotically-charged relationship with a grieving, taciturn man. A budding friendship with a handsome and dynamic young preacher further complicates her growing sense of dissatisfaction. As she considers whether to stay with Orren or to leave, she grapples with the finality of loss and death, and the eternal question of whether it is better to fight for freedom or submit to love.

All the Living has the timeless quality of a parable, but is also a perfect evocation of a time and place, a portrait of both age-old conflicts and modern life. It is an ode to the starve-acre Southern farm, the mountain landscape, and difficult love. In her lyrical and moving debut novel, C.E. Morgan recalls both the serenity of Marilynne Robinson and the shifting emotional currents and unashamed eroticism of James Salter. It is an unforgettable book from a major new voice.




About the Author

C.E. Morgan studied English and voice at Berea College and holds a master’s in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School. She lives in Kentucky.

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