The Mercury Fountain

A Novel
Product Number: EB00009251
Released: Jun 28, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781617751134
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Description

In an idealistic utopian community in the early twentieth-century West, a father and daughter engage in a battle of wills: "Transcendent." -Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels Set in a remote stretch of desert near the border of West Texas and Mexico at the turn of the twentieth century, this story follows the pursuits of Owen Scraperton as he struggles to establish Pristina, a utopian community based on mercury mining that aims to resolve the great questions of labor and race. As age, love, and experience cause Owen to modify his original vision, his fiercely idealistic daughter Victoria remains true to Pristina's founding principles-setting them up for a major conflict that captures the imagination of the entire town. The Mercury Fountain combines realistic modern writing with elements from American and Greco-Roman mythology, taking its cue from Mercury, the most slippery and mischievous of gods, who rules over science, commerce, eloquence, and thievery. "Eliza Factor's first novel, The Mercury Fountain, explores what happens when a life driven by ideology confronts implacable truths of science and human nature. It also shows how leaders can inflict damage by neglecting the real needs of real people. Though the action takes place between 1900 and 1923, the resonances feel alarmingly contemporary . . . Factor counters convention with a sharp sense of character, evocative subplots and the dangerous allure of mercury itself." -The New York Times Book Review "Factor develops her characters in entertaining ways while building a novel of social realism." -Kirkus Reviews

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Author(s): Eliza Factor
Original Publish Date: Feb 28, 2012

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