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For her acclaimed collection of stories, Red Ant House, Joyce Carol Oates hailed Ann Cummins as "a master storyteller." The San Francisco Chronicle called her "startlingly original." Now, in her debut novel, Cummins stakes claim to rich new literary territory with a story of straddling cultures and cheating fate in the American Southwest.
Yellowcake introduces us to two unforgettable families - one Navajo, one Anglo - some thirty years after the closing of the uranium mill near which they once made their homes. When little Becky Atcitty shows up on the Mahoneys' doorstep all grown up, the past comes crashing in on Ryland and his lively brood. Becky, the daughter of one of the Navajo mill workers Ryland had supervised, is now involved in a group seeking damages for those harmed by the radioactive dust that contaminated their world. But Ryland wants no part of dredging up their past - or acknowledging his future. When his wife joins the cause, the messy, modern lives of this eclectic cast of characters collide once again, testing their mettle, stretching their faith, and reconnecting past and present in unexpected new ways.

Finely crafted, deeply felt, and bursting with heartache and hilarity, Yellowcake is a moving story of how everyday people sort their way through life, with all its hidden hazards.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"A gorgeous novel about people who are as tender and ornery and passionate and mixed-up and real as the people we know in real life. I loved them, and I love this book." - Ann Packer

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Hardback Editions

February 2007 : USA Hardback

Title: Yellowcake
Author(s): Ann Cummins
ISBN: 0-618-26926-6 / 978-0-618-26926-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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2007 : USA Hardback

Title: Yellowcake: a Novel
Author(s): Cummins
ISBN: 0-518-26926-4 / 978-0-518-26926-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Allen & Sons
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Paperback Editions

2007 : Australia Paperback

Title: Yellowcake
Author(s): Margo Lanagan
ISBN: 1-74237-478-6 / 978-1-74237-478-9 (Australia edition)
Publisher: A & U Children
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March 2007 : USA Paperback

Title: Yellowcake: A Novel
Author(s): Ann Cummins
ISBN: 0-547-05357-6 / 978-0-547-05357-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
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Kindle Editions

April 2008 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Yellowcake
Author(s): Ann Cummins
Publisher: Mariner Books
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