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All the Living

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All the Living

An unforgettable novel from a mesmerizing new voice in fiction, All the Living defies the traditional notions of a love story. Set in rural Kentucky, in a landscape that is by turns lush and isolating, this is the tale of a young woman named Aloma, who has always been left to fend for herself, and a grieving man named Orren, whose family died recently in an accident. Together, Aloma and Orren try to invent a new life on the land he inherited. Immersed in a combative, erotically charged relationship, they grasp for a fragile sense of trust while enduring the realities of managing a hardscrabble tobacco farm. Their community looks upon unmarried lovers with disdain, forcing the couple further into the shadows. As Aloma debates the emotional toll of staying with Orren, she confronts the timeless question of whether it is better to fight for freedom or to submit to love. The answer that emerges is one of startling tenderness, in haunting scenes that will make for provocative discussion for your reading group.

All the Living
by C. E. Morgan

  • Publication Date: March 31, 2009
  • Hardcover: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN-10: 0374103623
  • ISBN-13: 9780374103620