Ozeki, Ruth. All Over Creation
Half-Japanese Yumi (Yummy) Fuller ran away from her home in rural Liberty Falls, Idaho, at the tender age of 14 after having an affair with her history teacher, Elliot Rhodes. She’s not been home in 25 years. But when her girlhood best friend, Cassie, manages to track Yummy down in Hawaii to tell her that her father Lloyd is slowly dying and her mother Momoko has Alzheimer’s, Yummy reluctantly returns home with her three children—from three different fathers—in tow. Her visit coincides with the arrival of a group of anti-biotech, anti-GMO activists calling themselves the Seeds of Resistance. The Seeds were drawn to Liberty Falls by Lloyd and Momoko’s thriving heirloom seed-selling business and seemingly compatible ideals about natural foods. The leader of the Seeds, a former nurse, begins taking better care of Lloyd than Yummy herself was able to, and the already huge gap between father and daughter only widens. And when Elliot Rhodes himself, now working for a GMO company’s PR firm, rolls back into Liberty Falls to keep an eye on the Seeds and their protests, any already tense situation can only become explosive.
A vibrantly told tale that manages to gracefully interweave all the complexities of love and family relationships with the complexities of the bio-tech and its implications for biodiversity, economics, and human health while doing justice to both, All Over Creation is both touching and thought-provoking.