But Not for Long (Hardcover)

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“Three members of a sustainable foods cooperative struggle to sort out their own lives in a compelling story that engages themes that are very relevant to our contemporary world. But Not for Long is one of those books that entertains and illuminates.”
— Melissa Olm, The Reader's Loft, Green Bay, WI


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.

About the Author

MICHELLE WILDGEN is a senior editor at "Tin House." Her first novel, "You're Not You," a "New York Times "Editor's Choice and one of "People "Magazine's Ten Best Books of 2006, is now in development for film by Hilary Swank and Denise DiNovi. Wildgen's work has appeared in "O, The Oprah Magazine," "The New York Times," and literary journals including "Prairie Schooner "and "TriQuarterly."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780312571412
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: October 13th, 2009
Pages: 336