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Rachel Pollack
Adult Fiction POLLACK

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Pollack's latest presumes knowledge of its prequel, Unquenchable Fire, in which entities known as Bright Beings, Malignant Ones and Benign Ones actively participate in human affairs. In any case, this is a first-rate work, comprised of two related novellas. The title entry introduces narrator Ellen Pierson, whose cousin Paul Cabot unwittingly becomes involved with a Malignant One named Lisa Black Dust 7 (who runs a temp agency). Paul's travails lead the adolescent Ellen and her family to enlist the aid of lawyer Alison Birkett, who attempts to restore peace to Paul's life. Ellen and Alison uncover Grand Conspiracies, and Ellen discovers what people will do in the name of pragmatism. In the next story, ``Benign Adjustments,'' Alison and Ellen, who's now an adult, are paired again, to protect Alexander Timmerman, who, aided by three Benign Ones, espouses peace, love and reform of the financial system. The latter preachment leads to trouble, including a scene on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange graphic enough for the most avid action-adventure fan, but the heart of the novella examines how the most benign intentions can be adulterated by human frailties. Pollack is primarily concerned with the character and basic emotional underpinnings of the people in her future society-and, by extension-in our own. The two novellas combine into a consistently rational framework while never forgetting that the key to good fiction is people and what happens to them. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Against the backdrop of a New Age America where shamanic magic and spirit visitors are real, a young woman attracts the unwelcome attention of the Malignant One, whose plans for the ultimate liberation of humanity can only result in destruction. Set in the world of Unquenchable Fire (LJ 4/15/92), Pollack's latest novel features a determined heroine whose faith in her own convictions becomes her most formidable weapon. Though moral con-servatives may be offended, the author's brilliant extrapolation of a spiritually awakened society bears witness to her potent literary imagination. Most libraries should own this title. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Age: Young adult

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