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Ballantine Books, NY, 1990. 1/4 maroon cloth, deckled pages, gilt letters. Minor spine bumping, hd & ft, corners sharp. Page 287 is 'dog-eared' & wrinkled, with minor tears at top edge of next two pages. DJ has minor creasing, mainly at hd & ft, corners. Bright & attractive. 375 pages.
"I lived in a dying golden age, a time of miracles and mania. Rachel said that one of the most profound tragedies of human existence is to live at the end of a golden age - and know it."
In this dazzlingly original, deeply moving novel set in the Pacific Northwest in the near future, the golden age has ended in apocalypse. Nuclear war has unleashed firestorms and the killing cold of nuclear winter. Earthquakes and tidal waves have ravaged the West Coast of America. Desperate, violent looters comb the devastated land. And a horrifying pandemic, lassa fever, lays waste to the remaining human population.
In prose that is taut with excitement, M. K. Wren tells the story of Armana, a subsistence farm inhabited by two women, which has somehow endured the wreckage of the world.
At the center of the story is Mary Hope, a writer who, with her beloved friend Rachel, a painter, has set out to preserve the precious knowledge of the past by creating a cache of books...