February 16, 2012 by Will
A Valley of Ashes
Homeless in a Nuclear Warehouse
By Lynn Rogers
Rogers’ sixth book, A Valley of Ashes, depicts life on the edge of Silicon Valley after 9/11 events spark secret operations in an historic factory. It is revealed throught the viewpoints of Darla Hull who picked fruit here as an “Arkie” child—and Paddy Kovarik who lost his job to the Dot Com crash and drink.
Fate throws these thwarted mid-life lovers in with deposed idealists like Orthodox leasing manager Mort Machlein, frightened youth like Jeffrey Baudelaire, punk Goth Zazzy, and other homeless hiding in the factory. Action runs from the beginning of Rosh Hashana to its conclusion when deadly forces explode. The misfits reach for earth beneath concrete and for safety found only in each other’s heart.
With deft strokes, Rogers reveals these offbeat and marginalized characters often through a single feature, like “Darla’s sunspotted hands.” She humanizes the plight of these somehow appealing characters trying to find their place in a troubled and dangerous world.
—Yuba City Slim, Folk Bard
A ghostly light tower illuminates this suspenseful tale and reveals the seamy side of the South Bay. Another cinematic journey worthy of Hollywood’s attention.
—Robert Burrill, Filmmaker
One of the most refreshing works of fiction I’ve read in a very long time. The writing was superb—so good, I felt envy. The poignant characters pop off the page and are all around you as you read—three dimensional. A Valley of Ashes is a satisfying, fulfilling read.
—Emilio Alvarado, Author, Plowshares and RiverEdge
- ISBN: 978-0-9711039-4-8
- 200 pages
- Perfect bound – 6 x 9, with 38 illustrations by the Author
- $19.95 US + CA tax & $2.50 postage = $24.00 total
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Menlo Park, CA 94026-2598
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