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Book Title: Neena Gathering|
The author of the book: Valerie Nieman
ISBN 13: 9781618681348
Edition: Permuted Press
Date of issue: June 2013
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The cities were all gone, the people were gone, too. And the children. All dead.
A nation divided, turns on itself with brutal, primitive cruelty, unleashing the ghastly mutations of blistering chemical warfare that leave a desolate wasteland where the United States once flourished...
Menaced by roaming bands of scavengers, alone and lonely on a remote West Virginia farm, Neena and her aunt battle to carve a marginal existence from the ashes of an annihilated civilization. Suddenly Neena’s missing uncle arrives out of the north, shattering their uneasy peace with his haunting memories, his worldly ways, and violent passions. Against her will, the woman-child Neena is forced to choose her destiny in the shape of two men. One, handsome and vital, teaches her hatred and fear; the other, horribly transformed by the chemical Change, lays bare the intricacies of the human heart. Will Neena bow to the demands of kin and blood, or brave the gentle path, sowing fresh seeds of hope in a savage future no one can second guess?
“[A] charming, unpretentious novel… an auspicious debut.”
“A great book and I'm glad I took the time the read it.”
“A pleasant variation on the post-holocaust form.”
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Read information about the author"Backwater," a crossover YA/crime novel set in the South, won the Seven Hills prize for YA fiction and is now seeking a home.
My first novel, Neena Gathering, returned to life after 25 years out of print, brought back as a classic in the post-apocalyptic genre thanks to the folks at Permuted Press.
Blood Clay, my third novel, is story about the search for home in the New South. It won the Eric Hoffer Award in General Fiction and was a finalist for the John Gardner Book Award. I'm also the author of a Rust Belt novel, Survivors, and a collection of short fiction, Fidelities, set in rural areas from the Alleghenies to the North Carolina Piedmont.
My second poetry collection, Hotel Worthy, appeared in 2105 from Press 53, which also published my collection Wake Wake Wake.
Awards include a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a North Carolina Arts Council fellowship, the 1998 and 2002 Elizabeth Simpson Smith prizes for the best short story by a writer in the Carolinas and awards in poetry including the Nazim Hikmet, Byron Herbert Reece, and Greg Grummer Prizes.
I was a founding editor for both Prime Number magazine and Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art in the New World.
Born in New York State, I graduated from West Virginia University and worked as a newspaper reporter and editor before completing an M.F.A. in creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte in 2004. I am a professor of English at North Carolina A&T State University, where I teach writing.
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