This absorbing novel of the American Southwest introduces us to two unforgettable families -- the Irish-Catholic Mahoneys and the Navajo Attcitys -- who despite their differences are joined through shared history and tragedy. Two decades ago, Ryland Mahoney and Woody Attcity had both worked processing the radioactive concentrate yellowcake in a New Mexican uranium mill. Now both men are facing terminal illness. Woody’s daughter is convinced that the mine is to blame and is determined to help her father fight for compensation. But Ryland wants no part of dredging up their past -- or acknowledging his future -- choosing instead to focus on his own daughter’s upcoming wedding.
Cummins’s complex and fascinating characters shine through in a gripping read that is radiant with heartache and humor and the possibility of redemption.
Ryland, a former foreman at a New Mexico uranium mine, is tethered to an oxygen mask, deadly ill, and just praying to make it to his daughter's wedding. His buddy Woody, a Native American, is also sick from exposure to radiation, and Ryland's wife and Woody's daughter band together to get some compensation. Though filled with fascinating history and plenty of political points (on the environment, on the treatment of Native Americans, etc.) YELLOWCAKE is neither a history book nor a polemic; rather, it is a rich and evocative portrait of a isolated and desolate corner of the country, and of the people--flawed, funny, and loving--who live there.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: General, Conflicts + Dualities, Society + Social Issues, Settings, Peoples + Cultures
- Edition: Reprint
- Format: paperback
- Release Date:
April 30, 2008
- Date Published:
April 30, 2008
Author: Ann Cummins
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- Online Item #: 11386387
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-0335
- ISBN: 9780547053578
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