Great Divide

Great Divide

by Emily Kiernan


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Great Divide is a novel about memory, the power of the past to shape and subsume the present, and the pressing, terrible need to escape the drowning force of history. The reader inhabits the conflicted and mercurial interior of Jane, a young woman fleeing from years of abuse in her Oregon seacoast home to an uncertain freedom with her boyfriend in the landlocked new world of the Kansas plains. As Jane travels, her progress is threatened by nostalgia and attachment, responsibility and ambivalence, and, finally, by a massive flood which threatens to overwhelm both her past and her future. Great Divide is a novel precariously afloat atop a sea of time, at once alluring and threatening, beckoning us to dive in.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615993164
Publisher: Unsolicited Press
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Pages: 106
Sales rank: 1,174,167
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

A native of a decaying Pennsylvania steel town (the one from the Billy Joel song), Emily Kiernan writes about islands, vaudeville, implacable but unjustified feelings of abandonment, the West, and places that aren't the way she remembered them.

Emily is a graduate of the MFA writing program at the California Institute of the Arts and resides in Berkeley, CA.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Divide is a rich read, the kind of book you read slowly, putting it down periodically to savor… unwilling to let go of the beauty of  that sentence just yet. The language and imagery is so beautifully crafted that some passages could almost pass as poetry but it is true to its’ title: Great Divide: A Novel. It is a novel with well developed characters and plot that pull you inside them. (Indeed, a particularly rainy night while I read this novel made me feel anxious- the rain and flood in the book creeping into my reality.) Novel, also, is her use of standard print and italics to differentiate past and present and her use of second person/you to accentuate the main character’s emotional journey as she travels just ahead of the storm. Great book!