Size: 6 x 9
Pub Date: 11/2000
Susan M. Gaines
Oceanographer Tina Arenas studies climates of the distant geological past, but her data has unexpectedly modern implications. Thrust into the growing controversy over global warming, Tina struggles to sort out her conflicting responsibilities to science and society. To complicate matters, she finds herself falling for Chip Stevens, a local organic farmer who has his own ideas about responsibility-and love.
Review: "A believable and riveting saga of one woman's quest for scientific truth...Skillfully written...deftly plotted...unexpectedly compelling."
"Gaines has boldly built the novel around challenging scientific theories...her use of complex concepts and true-to-life practice is inspired."
-The San Francisco Chronicle
"Carbon Dreams is more than a novel...To read it is to be carried deep into the mind of a young scientist, and just as deep into the mysteries of global warming phenomena past and future."
-Louis B. Jones, author of Particles of Luck
"At last, a book that integrates authentic scientific inquiry with the character-driven magic of good literary fiction..."
-Frederick Reiken, author of The Odd Sea
"When the heroine is a Latina organic chemist doing research that leads her inexorably into the politics of global climate change and the hero is an organic farmer who happens to be a Sierra Club member...it is difficult to resist."
-The Southern Sierran, Sierra Club Newsletter
"Carbon Dreams is a highly engrossing examination of scientific inquiry...with this particular blend of fiction and science, Susan Gaines comes thrillingly close to inventing a fascinating new genre. In addition to its appealing characters and the complexity and scope of its subject, its lyrical prose makes Carbon Dreams a great pleasure to read."
-Jean Hegland, author of Into the Forest
Bio: SUSAN M. GAINES's stories have been published in the Missouri Review, North American Review, and other journals, anthologized in Best of the West and Sacred Ground: Writings About Home, and twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She holds degrees in chemistry and oceanography. At work on another novel, she divides her time between California and Uruguay.