The Oregon Experiment

The Oregon Experiment

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East Coast transplants to small-town Oregon, Naomi and Scanlon Pratt are at the threshold of a new life. Scanlon has a position at the local universitya€”teaching mass movements and domestic radicalisma€”and Naomi, a fragrance designer whose sense of smell has inexplicably vanished, is pregnant with their first child. For Scanlon, all of this is ideal, from impending fatherhood to the chance for professional vindication. The Pacific Northwest provides ample opportunities for field research, and almost immediately he finds a subject in Clay, a troubled young anarchist who despises Scanlona€™s self-serving attempts at friendship but adores Naomi. He also becomes involved with a regional secessionist group anda€”despite his better judgmenta€”with its leader, a sensuous free spirit called Sequoia. Naomi, while far less enchanted with these radically different surroundings, discovers that Oregon has something to offer her as well: an extraordinary world of scents. Her acutely sensitive nose is somehow revived, though she certainly doesna€™t like everything shea€™s smelling. And as the Pratts welcome their newborn son, their lives become so deeply entwined with Claya€™s that they must soon decide exactly where their loyalties lie, before the increasingly volatile activism that Scanlon has been dabbling in engulfs them all. A contemporary civil war between desire and betrayal, rich in crisp, luxuriant detail, The Oregon Experiment explores a minefield of convictions and complications at once political, social, and intimately personal. From the Hardcover edition.... was delivered and installed by technicians, a silver samovar, and a freestanding wardrobe for overflow from the closets. ... And as tom and ikum slid chocolaty over their tongues at a wildly expensive sushi bar in Back Bay, Naomia#39;s sexy feetanbsp;...

Title:The Oregon Experiment
Author: Keith Scribner
Publisher:Vintage - 2011-06-14

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