Marrow Island

Marrow Island

eBook - 2016
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"Eerie and intriguing . . . captivates in the first few pages and delivers a gripping, compelling story throughout."-- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Smith's excellent command of language gives life to arresting characters and their creepy surroundings, keeping the suspense in this dark environmental thriller running high." -- Elle

It has been twenty years since Lucie Bowen left the islands--when the May Day Quake shattered thousands of lives; when Lucie's father disappeared in an explosion at the Marrow Island oil refinery, a tragedy that destroyed the island's ecosystem; and when Lucie and her best friend, Katie, were just Puget Sound children hoping to survive.
Now, Katie writes with strange and miraculous news. Marrow Island is no longer uninhabitable and no longer abandoned. She is part of a community that has managed to conjure life again from Marrow's soil. Lucie returns. Her journalist instincts tell her there's more to this mysterious "Colony" and their charismatic leader--a former nun with an all-consuming plan--than its members want her to know. As she uncovers their secrets, will Lucie endanger more than their mission? And what price will she pay for the truth?

"Transporting." -- Vanity Fair

"Beautifully wrought." -- O, The Oprah Magazine

"Engrossing and atmospheric, a thorny meditation on environmental responsibility with a big haunted heart." -- Laura van den Berg , Miami Herald
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
ISBN: 9780544373426
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Chosen by Liz "Smith sets her novel on an island of the northwest coast of Washington 20 years after being almost completely destroyed by a massive earthquake and tsunami. Upon returning to her island home, now occupied by a community of environmental extremists, narrator Lucie discovers th... Read More »

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Once upon a time, on an island not so far away, the big quake we are all ominously awaiting strikes and devastates this tiny island. The oil refinery burns up, taking the life of Lucie's father. Efforts to quench the fire leave the soil so contaminated all residents must flee. Twenty years later Lucie's dearest friend writes to tell her all is well on the island now, cured by determined colonists who have miraculously reclaimed the earth there. And so Lucie, now an inquisitive journalist and rather darkly free spirit, returns.

Kris--Point Roberts

Aug 09, 2016

Such a good book, particularly is you live in the NW. It will really get you thinking about "the big one" in terms of earthquakes while you drift through an intense story about alternative ways to live.

Jul 15, 2016

This book has an environmental theme which runs quietly in the background as opposed to being the focus of the book. It is a fairly engaging story with a bit of a mystery element. You will either love or hate the ending which is ambiguous but leaves lots of room for thought. Overall it was a good read for me.


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