patricia mclean

even the dandelions are beautiful

The cherry tree across the street is thickly blooming. Heavy pink clusters wave in the slight breeze and contrast against the lush green lawn dotted with dandelions. Grape hyacinths edge along the base of the house. Trees all around are pushing out new leaves. Tulips of red, yellow, pink, pumpkin, purple, black, white, striped and […]

Patricia J. McLean

Book Review: The Windup Girl

The Windup Girl Title: The Windup Girl Author: Paolo Bacigalupi ISBN: 978-1-59780-157-7 Publisher: Night Shade Books Paolo Bacigalupi presents us with a devastating vision of the world that could be should we allow the corporations with their production of GMOs to control our food supply as they seem disturbingly intent upon doing. He also reminds […]

Patricia J. McLean

Review: The Fourth Century

The Fourth Century Title: The Fourth Century Author: Édouard Glissant Translation: Betsy Wing. ISBN: 0-8032-7083-6 Publisher: University of Nebraska Press, 2001 “All this wind…” These are Papa Longoué’s first words in The Fourth Century by Édouard Glissant. The wind is a constant theme in the novel. It is a wind of enormous force, a hurricane […]

Patricia J. McLean