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Ruth Ozeki - All Over Creation
on 22 September 2014
'All Over Creation' is Ozeki's second novel and unfolds over the potato farming lands of Idaho, USA in the late 90's. At the Fuller farm Yumi Fuller is the prodigal daughter returned to take the reigns on her parents potato harvest. Joining her are her three kids who flit in and out of periphery and her parents both battling with illnesses and nearing the end of their lives.
Creation, though, is not necessarily a tale or study of family life and dynamics - it is the potato that is at the forefront of debate. Alongside Yumi's narrative we have a bunch of kids fighting to spread the word of genetically modified crops and their detrimental effects on American's health. The kids eventually park up there camper van on the driveway of the Fuller farm and attempt a collaboration against large chemical companies.
Unfortunately, for me, the whole book became more of a leaflet on GM crops as opposed to a novel about family life that I was expecting. Having recently read and enjoyed Ozeki's 'A Tale for the Time Being' I was hoping for more of the same here with her earlier work; however that was not the case. If food conglomerates, farming, eco-fuel and the like are interesting to you then you might have fun here, however you'll have to get through an average narrative and story to get to the facts.