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A gift upon the shore

Author: M K Wren
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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After surviving a nuclear war, two women live on a subsistence farm in the Pacific Northwest. Together they seek to preserve the knowledge of the past.
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Genre/Form: Apocalyptic fiction
Science fiction
Fiction
American fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wren, M.K.
Gift upon the shore.
New York : Ballantine Books, 1990
(OCoLC)645059746
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M K Wren
ISBN: 0345363418 9780345363411
OCLC Number: 20015052
Notes: "Jacket illustration by Jeff Walker."--Back flap of dust cover.
Description: 375 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: M.K. Wren.

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After surviving a nuclear war, two women live on a subsistence farm in the Pacific Northwest. Together they seek to preserve the knowledge of the past.

"Writer Mary Hope and Rachel Morrow, a painter, eke out a meager existence at a farm on the Oregon coast. As they struggle through the Long Winter following the End, as the nuclear disaster is simply called, their desolation is succeeded by a determination to collect and preserve for a new civilization the great books of Western culture. Down the coast is another set of survivors, the Arkites, a fundamentalist group that denies all knowledge not contained in the Bible. Mary marries and briefly joins the Arkites but leaves after the leader calls Rachel a witch. Years later, when plague strikes the Arkites, Mary agrees to take in the few survivors on condition that she be allowed to educate the children as she sees fit. A bitter struggle develops between Mary and a strong-willed young Arkite for the minds of the children, particularly the boy destined to lead the next generation."--

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