A Theory of Small Earthquakes

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Soft Skull Press, Jan 24, 2012 - Fiction - 352 pages
3 Reviews
“Any woman who has fought the odds to make a happy, healthy family will relate to Alison Rose, whose redemption is at stake in this inventive, addictive novel. A Theory Of Small Earthquakes teaches us something new about love and sex, jealousy and loyalty, and, most importantly, motherhood.”
-Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother and Red Hook Road

In her ten previous nonfiction books, Meredith Maran has trained her journalistic eye on the subtle dance between the political and the personal. Now Maran brings her provocative gaze to her debut novel – a family story spanning two decades, set against the social, political, and geological upheavals of the Bay Area. Eager to escape her damaging past and chart her own future, Alison Rose is drawn to Zoe, a free-spirited artist who offers emotional stability and a love outside the norm. After many happy years together, the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake deepens fissures in the two women’s relationship, and Alison leaves Zoe for a new, “normal” life with a man. Alison’s son is the outcome of both of these complicated relationships, and the three parents strive to create a life together that will test the boundaries of love and family in changing times.
 

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User Review  - m2snick - LibraryThing

This book is a lot of fun for folks who live in Berkeley/Oakland area. I particularly enjoyed the timeline which begins in 1983 - a year of much importance in my East Bay life. I became involved in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brainannex - LibraryThing

I had high hopes for this book but ultimately found it very frustrating. I didn't engage with Alison and found her internal monologue and questions mildly obnoxious. Also, when we get to the should we ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
13
Section 3
21
Section 4
33
Section 5
43
Section 6
49
Section 7
55
Section 8
59
Section 23
171
Section 24
179
Section 25
189
Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
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About the author (2012)

Meredith Maran is an award–winning journalist and the author of several books including, My Lie, Class Dismissed, and What It’s Like to Live Now. Maran is a contributor to People, Self, Family Circle, More, Mother Jones, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Salon.com. A member of the National Book Critics Circle and mother of two grown sons, she lives in Oakland with her wife.

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