By M. K. Wren
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In a post-apocalyptic wilderness, girls search to maintain the small treasury of books on hand to them-a present of data and desire for destiny generations.
"[A] poignant expression of the sturdiness, grace, and strength of the human spirit." -Jean M. Auel, writer of the Earth's Children® series
"Wren's post-nuclear global jewelry precise, as do her compelling depictions of the subsistence-level day-by-day life." -Publisher's Weekly
[Wren's] passionate problem with what offers lifestyles which means incorporates the novel." -Library Journal
In the twenty first Century, civilization is crumbling lower than the weight of overpopulation, monetary chaos, petty wars, a awful pandemic, and eventually, a nuclear conflict that unavoidably leads to a perilous nuclear wintry weather.
On the Oregon Coast, women-writer Mary desire and painter Rachel Morrow-scratch out a minimum life as farmers. In what little time is out there to them, they embark at the undertaking that they wish will supply the present of information to destiny generations of survivors-the renovation of the books: these to be had from their very own collections and any they locate at close by deserted homes.
For years, Mary and Rachel are happy to exertions at this job of their solitude, yet an afternoon comes after they come across a tender guy who comes from a gaggle of survivors at the southern coast. They name their group the Ark. an exceptionally hopeful assembly, it may well appear, till Rachel and Mary become aware of that the Arkites think in just one book-the Judeo-Christian bible-and regard all different books as blasphemous.
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Author Name: M. ok. Wren
Author Description: Martha Kay Renfroe is an Oregon author, writer of poser and technology fiction below the penname M.K. Wren. Her paintings contains the "Conan Flagg" secret sequence and the post-apocalyptic novel a present Upon the Shore, set alongside the Oregon coast.
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They’ll probably figure I took the beer money and headed for Mexico. He made his way up to the shack. It stood solitary against the dark of the hills, the long grass around its peeling walls concealing the fossilized remains of dead farm equipment and broken bottles, the shabby asphalt tile of the roof sagging under the weight of accumulated leaves. He mounted the crazy front steps and set down his burdens on the narrow front porch, the mild chill of the sweet-scented night making him shiver as he stripped off his greasy denim jacket, wrapped it around his hand, and punched out a pane of the window beside the door to let himself in.
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