➼ [Reading] ➾ Last Day A Novel By Domenica Ruta ➱ – Heartforum.co.uk The fates of a cast of seemingly unconnected people converge during the celebration of an ancient holiday in a thought provoking debut that brings to mind such novels as Station Eleven and The Age of The fates of a cast of seemingly unconnected people converge during the celebration of an ancient holiday in a thought provoking debut that brings to mind such novels as Station Eleven and The Age of MiraclesIn Domenica Ruta's profoundly original novel the end of the world comes once a year Every May humanity gathers to anticipate the planet's demise and to celebrate as if Last Day Epub / the day is truly its lastOn this holiday three intersecting sets of characters embark on a possibly last chance uest for redemption In Boston bookish wunderkind Sarah is looking for love and maybe a cosmic reversal from the much older Kurt a tattoo artist she met at last year's Last Day BB but he's still trying to make amends to the family he destroyed long ago Dysfunctional Karen keeps getting into trouble especially when the voices she's been hearing coax her to abandon everything to search for her long lost adoptive brother; her friend Rosette has left the Jehovah's Witnesses to follow a new pastor at the Last Kingdom on Earth where she brings Karen on this fateful day Meanwhile above them all three astronauts on the International Space Station Bear an American; Russian Svec; and billionaire Japanese space tourist Yui contemplate their lives as well as their precious Earth from afarWith sparkling wit verbal ingenuity and wild imagination Ruta has created an alternate world in which an ancient holiday brings into stark reflection our deepest dreams desires hopes and fears In this tour de force debut novel she has written a dazzling haunting love letter to humanity and to our planetAdvance praise for Last Day In this woven novel we humans are love are destruction are wish and want Domenica Ruta has created a portrait of humanity in a moment that is both the end and the beginning and this novel is urgent and true and filled with such beauty Ramona Ausubel author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty and No One Is Here Except All of UsDomenica Ruta's empathy is broad and deep her prose fine grained her humor sharp but tender Last Day is a life affirming antidote to these pre apocalyptic times Teddy Wayne author of Loner.
Domenica Ruta was born and raised in Danvers Massachusetts She is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin She was a finalist for the Keene Prize for Literature and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo the MacDowell Colony the Blue Mountain Center Jentel and Hedgebrook.
- 272 pages
- Last Day A Novel
- Domenica Ruta
- 05 June 2014 Domenica Ruta