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About the Author :
Alison Stine is an award-winning poet and author. Recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and an Ohio Arts Council grant, she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and received the Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism. She works as a freelance reporter with The New York Times, writes for The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian, 100 Days in Appalachia, ELLE, The Kenyon Review, and others, and has been a storyteller on The Moth. After living in Appalachian Ohio for many years, she now lives and writes in Colorado with her partner, her son, and a small orange cat.
Author: Alison Stine
Publication Date: October 26, 2021
Publisher: MIRA Books
From the author of Road Out of Winter, winner of the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award, comes a resonant, visionary novel about the power of art and the sacrifices we are willing to make for the ones we love.
A few generations from now, the coastlines of the continent have been redrawn by floods and tides. Global powers have agreed to not produce any new plastics, and what is left has become valuable: garbage is currency.
In the region-wide junkyard that Appalachia has become, Coral is a “plucker,” pulling plastic from the rivers and woods. She’s stuck in Trashlands, a dump named for the strip club at its edge, where the local women dance for an endless loop of strangers and the club’s violent owner rules as unofficial mayor.
Amid the polluted landscape, Coral works desperately to save up enough to rescue her child from the recycling factories, where he is forced to work. In her stolen free hours, she does something that seems impossible in this place: Coral makes art.
When a reporter from a struggling city on the coast arrives in Trashlands, Coral is presented with an opportunity to change her life. But is it possible to choose a future for herself?
Told in shifting perspectives, Trashlands is a beautifully drawn and wildly imaginative tale of a parent’s journey, a story of community and humanity in a changed world.
‘Trashlands’ is my first encounter with the author Alison Stine and although I enjoyed reading this book I also had a nagging feeling that the storyline never really went anywhere.
There were some pivotal moments, but somehow it just always ended with a sizzle in my opinion and then I’m not even saying anything about the ending, which was rather disappointing I must say.
I know this all sounds rather negative, but there are things in this story to be raving about too.
I really liked the world building, it’s very strong and although it said to be dystopian it has this very eery vibe that it could be us in the not so far future.
Very thought-provoking and mind boggling to say the least!
It’s written at a nice pace, in multiple POV’s, with jumping from past to present, but somehow it helps to build very strong characters you can connect with and root for.
All things that definitely show that the author has a knack of telling a great story as her world and characters come very much alive this way.
However, I missed an adventure somehow, not that living in Thrashland isn’t one it’s own, one that I certainly don’t want to go through myself, but I needed something more from this very interesting premise I believe!
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