The Sawtooth Complex by Susan Lang


John Nichols’s (author of the Milagro Beanfield War and 17 other books) says:

The Sawtooth Complex is a fascinating novel that deals vigorously with the dilemmas of human life on the planet.  Our willy-nilly destruction of the exquisite natural world is set against the efforts of some people to protect and care for the biology that sustains us.  Most characters are torn by contradictions, both personal and political. A few are avid developers; others seek a balance between humanity and nature. Several touching love stories develop and falter among them. The true hero, Maddie Farley, is an inspiring and reluctant monkey-wrencher who lives most closely to the earth.  The natural world she inhabits is invoked with poignant accuracy and love.  Ultimately, nature itself blows up everyone’s world in a startling forest fire that overpowers the land and the people, laying waste to most everything.  The writing about this thrilling climatic event is terrifying, spellbinding, very intense and powerful.  And then a miracle occurs.  In the wreckage left behind, the author, who is no sentimental idealist or doomsday prophet, finds reason to hope.  The story is engrossing, entertaining, and really makes us think.  It’s a fine addition to our best environmental and human–humane–literature.

Mary Sojourner’s (author of seven books, including 29 and She Bets Her Life) says:

Susan Lang's writing about the Mojave Desert is The Mojave - fierce, relentless, tender and filled with stories that couldn't take place anywhere else. She grew up in a little canyon, running barefoot on rocks and pale sand, learning so much about the plants of the area that, to this day, she can feed herself off that land. The Sawtooth Complex was forged by that hard generous country and by Susan Lang's skill as a master story-teller.


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