A Gift Upon The Shore

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A Gift upon the Shore is a lyrical, haunting story of two women, an artist and a writer, surviving in a dark near future. Driven by rich and fully drawn characters, this is a powerful, compelling story of a friendship that survives the devastation, only to face a more difficult test from the 'gift' found upon the shore... It is also about remaining human under the worst of conditions, and the humanizing influence of books and art, even when their existence is threatened. ...
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Overview

A Gift upon the Shore is a lyrical, haunting story of two women, an artist and a writer, surviving in a dark near future. Driven by rich and fully drawn characters, this is a powerful, compelling story of a friendship that survives the devastation, only to face a more difficult test from the 'gift' found upon the shore... It is also about remaining human under the worst of conditions, and the humanizing influence of books and art, even when their existence is threatened.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the years following nuclear war, writer Mary Hope and painter Rachel Morrow eke out an existence on the Oregon coast, occasionally confronting Christian fundamentalist survivors known as the Arkites. ``Unsparing but ultimately hopeful,'' said PW . ``Wren's post-nuclear world rings true, as do her compelling depictions of the subsistence-level daily life.'' (June)
Library Journal
Would the survivors of nuclear holocaust have any reason to go on living? That is the question that must be answered by two women who have lived through the final conflict and now face the devastating nuclear winter that follows it. Mary and Rachel, the only survivors in their area, believe that choice makes us human, and they choose to affirm their humanity by preserving whatever knowledge can still be saved. Desperately longing for companionship, they hope eventually to meet other survivors. But when contact finally comes, more hard choices come with it. Wren's novel is thought-provoking in its consideration of ordinary people forced to confront the unthinkable. While the plot is not without cliches, and characters are not always fully developed, the author's passionate concern with what gives life meaning carries the novel. Recommended for fiction collections.-- Beth Ann Mills, New Rochelle P.L., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595143412
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 0.86 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    A gift....

    A credible account though a little heavy handed in treatment imho.

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  • Posted March 17, 2014

    This was such an exceptional book. WREN is a wonderful writer. I

    This was such an exceptional book. WREN is a wonderful writer. I felt all the emotions that rachel and mary experienced.. I couldn't put the book down.  It was do exciting, I had to keep rrading to find out what happened next!
     I wonder if Wren will write more books? 

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

    Something to think about

    Very interesting read. Something to think about, the end. So many different views. The two women I admired. You have to act on what you believe.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    good fairy tale

    I enjoyed the book and hope there are more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    Beautiful

    This is my all time favorite book. I am able to re-read & still enjoy it which is unusual for me. I have a beat-up paperback that I never throw away -- when I've moved and needed to weed out as many books as possible I am never ever tempted to get rid of this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2007

    A reviewer

    This is among the very best books I can name. Masterfully and brilliantly, Wren speaks to all the dangers that have surrounded us always. Of all the advancements and wonders of mankind, there still and forever lingers ignorance and the arrogance of the religious. So much is laid waste in the name of God.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2003

    If you love books, you will enjoy this story.

    This book is moving and not just emotionally, it moves you through the cycles of the earth after its destruction. It moves you through the stages of human development in the darkest of times. What the two main characters do in this book, after a nuclear war, is what most book lovers would do if they were unlucky enough to survive. Their noble agenda is to save the books for the next generation. Their courage is tremendous and inspiring. Religious fanatics want to destroy them and their books. This author artistically portrays the suffering that animals, plantlife and humankind would suffer after a nuclear attack. It is sad yet inspiring. The earth does rejuvenate. Mankind though has a harder time. By the end of the novel our main character is a senior citizen weakened of body but strengthened of mind. She is the last hope for the freedom of the few surviving children's minds. If she fails, not only will the books she labored so hard to save be destroyed, everything mankind has accomplished and learned will be lost forever to the next generation. Human kind will regress to the mindset of the dark ages. The books symbolize more then just the written word. This is a powerful, well written story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2002

    Not for everyone

    Some men will have trouble with this one. But, some men may find it difficult to believe two lone women could survive such a terrible world. Mary and Rachel are two such women. Regardless of their remarkable ability to create a small, relatively safe, self contained existence after 'The End of the World', their human psyche demands companionship. And off they go into what our world has become. I imagined myself as Rachel.

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