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Stigma and The Cave
Two Novels

 
D. H. Melhem

Paper $16.95    |    978-0-8156-0882-0    |    2007

Award-winning writer D. H. Melhem creates an emotionally harrowing yet philosophically enlightening vision of the post-9/11 world in her latest novels.

Description
These two novels complete D. H. Melhem’s trilogy, Patrimonies, that began with Blight. Stigma, a dark political satire, and The Cave, a post-nuclear fantasy, confront the crucial issue facing this generation: what kind of world will be our legacy? Unsettling and sometimes terrifying, both novels center on ideological paradoxes created by a military-industrial government pitted against American individualist politics.

Stigma offers a vision of civil unrest, unemployment, and a chronic state of war. Books are recycled as toilet paper. Families are conscripted by lottery for the honor of war-work. Selected adults serve in a bizarre bomb factory. Youths are inducted into military service, children relegated to orphanages. Scathing yet awash in dark humor, Stigma relates one family’s struggle to survive in and escape a system of perversity and horror.

The Cave describes a motley group of people who flee to an abandoned cave, seeking shelter from a nuclear attack. Inside, viciousness, cowardice, and heroic gestures ironically transform their lives into a war. Tensions between family relations and newly formed alliances, communal needs and individual desires, religious beliefs and stark reality move toward a cataclysmic finale, in which one man retrieves a sign of faith.

Sparsely poetic, simple in tone but rich in allusion, Melhem’s writing in The Cave, as in Stigma and in Blight, beckons readers to lift themselves out of their own lived reality, to look at the strange and threatening clouds on the not-so-distant horizon.

Author
D. H. Melhem has won the American Book Award, the RAWI Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times. She is the author of New York Poems and Blight, both available from Syracuse University Press. Her other books include Notes on 94th Street and Children of the House Afire.

Read about D. H. Melhem at www.dhmelhem.com

6 x 9, 184 pages


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