Kinship of Clover
in conversation with John Mutter, Editor, Shelf Awareness
Wednesday, June 7, 7pm
He was nine when the vines first wrapped themselves around him and burrowed into his skin. Now a college botany major, Jeremy is desperately looking for a way to listen to the plants and stave off their extinction. But when the grip of the vines becomes too intense and Health Services starts asking questions, he flees to Brooklyn, where fate puts him face to face with a group of climate-justice activists who assure him they have a plan to save the planet, and his plants. As the group readies itself to make a big Earth Day splash, Jeremy soon realizes these eco-terrorists' devotion to activism might have him--and those closest to him--tangled up in more trouble than he was prepared to face. With the help of a determined, differently abled flame from his childhood, Zoe; her deteriorating, once-rabble-rousing grandmother; and some shocking and illuminating revelations from the past, Jeremy must weigh completing his mission to save the plants against protecting the ones he loves, and confront the most critical question of all: how do you stay true to the people you care about while trying to change the world?
From the author of House Arrest and On Hurricane Island comes a thrilling new activist novel that begs the question, "How far is too far?"
"Ellen Meeropol has an uncanny knack for examining the big topics of our contemporary world and putting a human face on them. In Kinship of Clover, she does this with intelligence and a big generous heart. An important book by a unique writer, it's a must read."
--Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle
"Ellen Meeropol brings her keen political sense and psychological understanding to this story of family secrets and family trauma. Kinship of Clover is compelling and the characters stay with you long after you've finished the book."
--Nancy Felton, co-owner, Broadside Bookshop (Northampton, MA)
"Ellen Meeropol's new novel, Kinship of Clover, is a stunning kaleidoscope of humanity, with characters so real and complicated and full of life that you'll want to linger with them over coffee long after the last page is turned. She treats them all with tremendous generosity, but it's her creation of Flo, the feisty revolutionary whose mind is devoured a little more each day by Alzheimer's, who won my heart through and through."
--Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop (South Hadley, MA)
"Kinship of Clover counters our culture's typically insular fiction. From a teenage girl in a wheelchair experiencing her first romantic relationship, to an older activist suffering from Alzheimer's, to a father adjusting after years in prison, to a young man affected by childhood trauma, to environmentalists worried about global destruction, to biracial characters accepting their heritage, Kinship of Clover depicts our diversity. Meeropol's social concerns drive issues that surround these sensitively drawn characters. But the novel's subjects are secondary to the story, one as elaborate and engaging as its ideological undercurrent."
--Nan Cuba, author of Body and Bread