All Over Creation
From the author of My Year of Meats — a dramatic story of a prodigal daughter's homecoming to a heartland of genetically modified crops.
Lloyd Fuller, a God-fearing man, once ran the largest potato operation in Power County, Idaho, but when his fourteen-year-old daughter, Yumi (nicknamed “Yummy”), ran away, his luck changed, and he was forced to downsize. He sold his acreage to Yumi’s childhood friend, Cass, and now, twenty-five years later, he and his wife, Momoko, run a modest catalogue seed company out of her small but prolific garden.
Cass and her husband are hard-working farmers, trying to make a go of it despite difficult times and devastating setbacks: first childlessness, then cancer. Cass hasn’t seen or heard from her friend Yummy since the day Lloyd found out about Yummy’s affair with their high school history teacher, Elliot Rhodes. But after Lloyd has a heart attack and Momoko succumbs to dementia, Cass decides to track her friend down.
When Yumi, now a single mom and part-time college teacher who sells Hawaiian real estate on the side, arrives back at the farm with her three mixed-race, illegitimate children in tow, she fully expects the confrontation with her past to be difficult. What she doesn’t anticipate is the chaos precipitated by the sudden arrival of the Seeds of Resistance, an irrepressible eco-activist group, who find Lloyd’s fundamentalist views of life’s sacred nature in synch with their own, proclaim him their guru, and move into the Fullers’ driveway. As the Seeds nurse her dying father, charm her kids, and help Momoko catalogue her seeds before her memory fails entirely, Yumi finds herself increasingly alienated, so that when Elliot, her former lover and now a PR flack for agribusiness, arrives in town to push a genetically modified line of seed potatoes, she welcomes him with open arms.
With the wheels of fate and fortune thus set in motion, the conflicts build, and the small town of Liberty Falls becomes the point of implosion for a drama that is at once romantic, familial, personal, and political. With its tight ensemble cast, suspenseful plotting, and Ozeki’s signature humor, All over Creation tells a celebratory tale of the capacity for renewal that resides within us all.
American Book Award - Before Columbus Foundation, 2003
New York Times Notable Book for Fiction, 2003
WILLA Literary Award for Contemporary Fiction, 2004
For audiobook version, read by Anna Fields:
Audie® Award for Fiction, 2004
AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year, 2003
AudioFile Earphones Award
Listen Up Award, 2003