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All the LivingIt may be set in 1984, ?but All the Living feels like a long-lost story from the dust bowl. ?Aloma, an embittered aspiring pianist, moves...All the LivingFictionIt may be set in 1984, ?but All the Living feels like a long-lost story from the dust bowl. ?Aloma, an embittered aspiring pianist, moves...2009-04-08Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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All the Living

Genre: Fiction; Author: C.E. Morgan; Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

It may be set in 1984, ?but All the Living feels like a long-lost story from the dust bowl. ?Aloma, an embittered aspiring pianist, moves ?to her boyfriend’s dusty, dried-out ?Kentucky tobacco farm after his parents are killed in a car accident. ?Once there, she struggles with an ?incessant restlessness, constantly searching for a way out — a way ?out of her circumstances, even a way out of her own skin. The novel’s quietly limited scope focuses almost entirely on Aloma’s internal growth. ?As Aloma reconciles her own sad past with newfound notions of love and happiness, C.E. Morgan achieves a delicate poignancy and grace. A?