A Swallow Press Book
"A brilliant political fable. Highly recommended."
"A well-wrought look into the lives and motivations of the eight men and women who try-and ineditably fail-to create a perfect living system."
“During the nineteen sixties, following the missile crisis and during the Vietnam War, communitarian societies began to reappear in the United States. Those who were of an invincibly optimistic nature gathered together in agrarian or utopian communes reminiscent of the nineteenth century. Others who believed that these crises and wars augured the end of modern civilization by nuclear warfare, gathered together for a brief season of love in colonies where they hoped to survive the destruction of the world. This is the story of eight people who lived together for nearly a year in such a colony: Duncan’s Colony… ”
Duncan’s Colony is the story of four men and four women, strangers who have joined together, in the desert of the American Southwest, in the hope of surviving a nuclear holocaust they fear is inevitable.
Though they have come together to survive the world’s destruction, they seem to be dying, one by one, picked off by their emotions. And so, as they rehearse the death of the planet, the colonist learn also the rage to live.
Natalie L. M. Petesch has published ten previous books of fiction, including the Swallow Press titles Duncan’s Colony, Flowering Mimosa, Justina of Andalusia, and The Immigrant Train. She lives in Pittsburgh. More info →
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A unique collection of more than 150 letters written to an Ohio serviceman during the American Civil War offers glimpses of women’s lives as they waited, worked, and wrote from the Ohio home front.
To dive deep into your inner life. To navigate its complexity and explore your story in depth. To discover who you are exactly—the courage you have when life breaks apart, how conscious you become in that process, and how rich you feel learning the meaning of your life.
Eldest daughter of eight children, the author grew up in Surakarta, Java, in what is now Indonesia. In the months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, however, Dutch nationals were rounded up by Japanese soldiers and put in internment camps. Her father and brother were sent to separate men’s camps, leaving the author, her mother, and the five younger children in the women’s camp.
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