The quirkily titled My Year of Meats took the literary community by storm, garnering widespread, glowing reviews, awards, and a still-growing readership for first-time author Ruth Ozeki. Newsweek declared it "a feast that leaves you hungry for whatever Ozeki cooks up next." Well, hunger no more; All Over Creation is served and Ozeki has laid out a four-star spread replete with humor, warmth, originality, and brilliantly drawn characters whom you'll never forget.
Meet Yumi Fuller. A Japanese American prodigal daughter, Yumi-aka Yummy-is returning home to the Idaho potato farm she ran away from twenty-five years earlier. Then a freewheeling hippie chick, Yumi is now a (semi) responsible parent and a professor with a side gig selling lava lots in Hawaii. But can she possibly be prepared to face her dying father, Alzheimer's-devastated mother, and Cass, the best friend she left behind? Not to mention a former lover whose agribusiness client has banished him to Idaho-where he lands in the small-town community he once offended and in Yumi's life. As she grapples with her conflicted past and uncertain future, Yumi collides with the Seeds of Resistance, an eco-activist group with a knack for causing trouble wherever it plants itself.
With her signature wit and uncanny ability to evoke the pathos and humor of life's conundrums, Ozeki spins a timeless tale of birth and death, family and friendship. All Over Creation is the emotionally resonant and utterly unique story of an ordinary woman just trying to make sense of it all as the unceasing cycle of all creation continues around her.
Baker & Taylor
Returning home to the Idaho potato farm she fled twenty-five years earlier, Japanese-American Yumi struggles with her father's terminal illness, her mother's Alzheimer's, her former best friend, and a former lover who once offended the town. By the author of My Year of Meats. 30,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer
In Power County, Idaho, all hell is about to break loose. Meet Yumi Fuller: Nicknamed Yummy, and as a girl she was. Even in a biblically severe environment, like Power County, Idaho. Until she was fifteen, she ran away from home. From her parents, Momoko and Lloyd Fuller. From her best friend; and from the man who had been her first lover. Now, twenty-five years and three kids later, this single mother and wayward daughter is about to return home to the fold.
...Lloyd and Momoko Fuller. Lloyd once ran the largest potato operation in Power County until a weak heart forced him to downsize. Momoko, his Japanese wife, is a gardener who can cause even barren land to bloom. After a lifetime of careful propagation, they have begun to feel the ravages of time.
...Case Quinn. The girl who stayed behind. Married a farmer, Will; survived cancer, took care of everything - including Momoko and Lloyd. But enough is enough.
...Elliot Rhodes. Former hippie and history teacher - now he's a PR flak working for a sleek Washington, D.C.-based firm that spins for agribusiness. But he's got a problem with potatoes - and a little difficulty with grass-roots resistance - which threaten to send him back to the last place on earth he wants to be.
...The Seeds of Resistance. A rollicking band of environmentalist muckrakers who travel the U.S. in their "Spudnik," a camping car, biofueled by french-fry oil, heisted from a highway McDonald's. They're on their way to where the action is, in their terms: a teeming community of spud farmers and all-American folks; and a place on the cusp of change, where neither potatoes nor much of anything else can remain as they have been.
Returning home to the Idaho potato farm she fled twenty-five years earlier, Yumi struggles with her father's terminal illness, her mother's Alzheimer's, her former best friend, and a former lover who once offended the town.