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A Gift Upon the Shore by M.K. Wren

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, two women seek to preserve the small treasury of books available to them - a gift of knowledge and hope for future generations.

"[A] poignant expression of the durability, grace, and potential of the human spirit." —Jean M. Auel, author of the Earth's Children series

In the 21st Century, civilization is crumbling under the burden of overpopulation, economic chaos, petty wars, a horrific pandemic, and finally, a nuclear war that inevitably results in a deadly nuclear winter.

On the Oregon Coast, two women, writer Mary Hope and painter Rachel Morrow, scratch out a minimal existence as farmers. In what little time is available to them, they embark on the project that they hope will offer the gift of knowledge to future generations of survivors—the preservation of the books: those available from their own collections and any they find at nearby abandoned houses.

For years, Mary and Rachel are satisfied to labor at this task in their solitude, but a day comes when they encounter a young man who comes from a group of survivors on the southern coast. They call their community the Ark. An incredibly hopeful meeting, it might seem, until Rachel and Mary realize that the Arkites believe in only one book—the Judeo-Christian bible—and regard all other books as blasphemous.

"Wren's post-nuclear world rings true, as do her compelling depictions of the subsistence-level daily life." —Publisher's Weekly

"[Wren's] passionate concern with what gives life meaning carries the novel." —Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626811287
Publisher: Diversion Publishing
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 15.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Martha Kay Renfroe is an Oregon writer, author of mystery and science fiction under the pen name M.K. Wren. Her work includes the Conan Flagg mystery series, the Phoenix Legacy trilogy, and the postapocalyptic novel A Gift Upon the Shore , set along the Oregon coast.

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A Gift Upon the Shore 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking for something different to read i had passed this book by numerous times but decided i would give it a try i was blown away a powerful story beautifully crafted at 70 years of age i have often wondered about "what if" and what would i feel compelled to pass on to a hopefully future generation if i could this book is about a future senerio that will challenge humanity all that was lost a slate wiped clean reminds me of the orson wells book THE TIME MACHINE what three books would you take? Now i am seriously working on leaving to my grandchildren something that speaks to the world i have lived in to the world enfolding before them. This was not just a really good read it also left something to reflect on which i believe the author felt in her soul and felt compelled to write. This book has now become one of the three books i would take.
cstumbo on LibraryThing 11 days ago
I read this years ago, remembered the plot and characters, but couldn't remember the title or author. Searched every used bookstore, Amazon, etc. and finally found it in my neighborhood used book store. Even better reading the second time around.
RL68 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot. Not your typical post apocalypse story at all. Excellent character development made the story go really well. Kind of a heavy science versus religion theme comes through if that is going to bother you. I liked it. It seemed very real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A credible account though a little heavy handed in treatment imho.
LMar More than 1 year ago
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? 
ramSM More than 1 year ago
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.
Pam56PS More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book and hope there are more
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.