Marrow Island

Marrow Island

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What would you give to save the thing you love the most?

It has been twenty years since Lucie Bowen left the islands. Twenty years ago, the May Day Quake set loose catastrophic waves along the west coast, from Alaska to California, shattering thousands of lives. Twenty years ago, Lucie's father disappeared in an explosion at the Marrow Island oil refinery, a tragedy that destroyed the island's ecosystem and sent Lucie and her mother to the mainland to start anew. Twenty years ago, Lucie and her best friend, Katie, were just Puget Sound children, tucked up under their desks, hovering under mylar sheets, hoping to survive.

Now, Katie writes with strange and miraculous news. Marrow Island is no longer uninhabitable, no longer abandoned. She is part of a community, a mysterious Colony, that has, somehow, conjured life again from Marrow's soil. Lucie returns. Her journalist instincts tell her there's more to the Colony and their charismatic leader--a former nun with an all-consuming plan--than its members want her to know. The island's astonishing rebirth seems to have come at greatcost--perhaps to the colonists themselves. As she uncovers their secrets, will Lucie endanger more than their mission? What price will she pay for the truth?

I was always a part of you, and you were always a part of me , Katie writes. And in this marvelously spun story Alexis Smith reaches into the depths of our connections to our pasts, our loved ones, our devotions. Our choices may bring us to the brink, but within our promises to each other and our hopes for the future, at the intersection of science and faith and grace, there may well be miracles in the making.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780544373419
0544373413
Branch Call Number: FIC SMITH 2016
Characteristics: xi, 244 pages ; 22 cm

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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.

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allisonrichner
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.

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becker
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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