Sharp and Dangerous Virtues: A Novel

Sharp and Dangerous Virtues: A Novel

by Martha Moody

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Sharp and Dangerous Virtues: A Novel by Martha Moody

It’s 2047 in Dayton, Ohio. In response to food and water shortages, the U.S. government has developed an enormous, and powerfully successful, agricultural area—the “Heartland Grid”—just north of the city. In the meantime, in the wake of declining American power a multinational force has established itself in Cleveland. Behind these quickly shifting alliances lies a troubling yet tantalizing question: what will the American future look like?

Sharp and Dangerous Virtues is the story of ordinary people caught in situations they had never planned for or even imagined. There are Chad and Sharis, a married couple with two sons, holding out for normal life in their decaying suburb; Tuuro, a black church custodian whose false confession of murder is used for political purposes; Lila, Dayton’s aging, lonely Commissioner of Water, who dreams of being part of the “pure” existence of the Grid residents; and Charles and Diana, idealistic lovers trying desperately to preserve the nature center that has become their refuge.

What will these people do? What choices are left for them, and what choices have been taken away? Whom and what can they trust? Novelist Moody—known for her vivid portrayals of complicated characters and relationships in novels such as Best Friends and Sometimes Mine—weaves together cataclysmic events and the most intimate of human emotions to create a future that seems achingly real. Sharp and Dangerous Virtues will change the way you think and feel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804040518
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,066,779
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Martha Moody is a novelist and physician from Dayton, Ohio, whose three previous books of fiction have sold close to 1 million copies. She is the author of Best Friends, The Office of Desire, and Sometimes Mine.

Table of Contents

2047 a family and a place tuuro and the boy lila wakes up (1) what sharis knew wanted some tales of sanity true believers always a story a dose of yearning with themashed potatoes flying waiting for winter the monitor station nenonene’s voice 2048 tuuro’s confession esslandia “human folly is always amusing” baby lettuces hubris talking to howard identity, mistaken migrations, implantation a very clear window lila wakes up (2) the face of war the safeplace camp memorial day don’t shoot me 2071 not the end of the world acknowledgments

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