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It’s 2047 in Dayton, Ohio. In response to food and water shortages, the U.S. government has developed an enormous, and powerfully successful, agricultural area—the “Heartland Grid”—just north of the city. In the meantime, in the wake of declining American power a multinational force has established itself in Cleveland. Behind these quickly shifting alliances lies a troubling yet tantalizing question: what will the American future look like?

Sharp and Dangerous Virtues is the story of ordinary people caught in situations they had never planned for or even imagined. There are Chad and Sharis, a married couple with two sons, holding out for normal life in their decaying suburb; Tuuro, a black church custodian whose false confession of murder is used for political purposes; Lila, Dayton’s aging, lonely Commissioner of Water, who dreams of being part of the “pure” existence of the Grid residents; and Charles and Diana, idealistic lovers trying desperately to preserve the nature center that has become their refuge.

What will these people do? What choices are left for them, and what choices have been taken away? Whom and what can they trust? Novelist Moody—known for her vivid portrayals of complicated characters and relationships in novels such as Best Friends and Sometimes Mine—weaves together cataclysmic events and the most intimate of human emotions to create a future that seems achingly real. Sharp and Dangerous Virtues will change the way you think and feel.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 2047
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. A Family and a Place
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. Tuuro and the Boy
  2. pp. 11-25
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  1. Lila Wakes Up (1)
  2. pp. 26-37
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  1. What Sharis Knew
  2. pp. 38-49
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  1. Wanted
  2. pp. 50-63
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  1. Some Tales of Sanity
  2. pp. 64-79
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  1. True Believers
  2. pp. 80-93
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  1. Always a Story
  2. pp. 94-105
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  1. A Dose of Yearning with the Mashed Potatoes
  2. pp. 106-126
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  1. Flying
  2. pp. 127-142
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  1. Waiting for Winter
  2. pp. 143-161
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  1. The Monitor Station
  2. pp. 162-175
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  1. Nenonene’s Voice
  2. pp. 176-192
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  1. 2048
  2. pp. 193-194
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  1. Tuuro’s Confession
  2. pp. 195-210
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  1. Esslandia
  2. pp. 211-223
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  1. “Human Folly Is Always Amusing”
  2. pp. 224-237
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  1. Baby Lettuces
  2. pp. 238-254
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  1. Hubris
  2. pp. 255-264
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  1. Talking to Howard
  2. pp. 265-277
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  1. Identity, Mistaken
  2. pp. 278-289
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  1. Migrations, Implantation
  2. pp. 290-300
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  1. A Very Clear Window
  2. pp. 301-313
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  1. Lila Wakes Up (2)
  2. pp. 314-324
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  1. The Face of War
  2. pp. 325-341
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  1. The SafePlace Camp
  2. pp. 342-352
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  1. Memorial Day
  2. pp. 353-362
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  1. Don’t Shoot Me
  2. pp. 363-374
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  1. 2071
  2. pp. 375-376
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  1. Not the End of the World
  2. pp. 377-390
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 391
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780804040518
Related ISBN
9780804011419
MARC Record
OCLC
815481971
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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