Locus Amoenus

Locus Amoenus

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By Victoria N. Alexander

ISBN 9781579623913


In this beautifully nuanced dark comedy, a 9/11 widow and her son, Hamlet, have retreated from Brooklyn to the idyllic rural countryside upstate, where for nearly eight years they have run a sustainable farm. Unfortunately, their outrageously obese neighbors, who prefer the starchy products of industrial agriculture, reject their elitist ways (recycling, eating healthy, reading).

Hamlet, who is now eighteen, is beginning to suspect that something is rotten in the United States of America, where health, happiness, and freedom are traded for cheap Walmart goods, Paxil, endless war, standard curriculum, and environmental degradation. He becomes very depressed when, on the very day of the 8th anniversary of his father's death, his mother marries a horrid, boring bureaucrat named Claudius.

Things get even more depressing for Hamlet when he learns from Horatio, a conspiracy theorist, that Claudius is a fraud. The deceptions, spying, and corruption will ultimately lead, as in Shakespeare's play, to tragedy.

Victoria N. Alexander, Ph.D., is a literary fiction novelist who writes about censored and controversial subjects with audacity, humor, and compassion. Bravely working to overcome complacency and conformity and to promote critical and creative thinking, tolerance and peace, she uses Huck Finn’s infamous statement of resolve as her writing motto: “All right then, I’ll go to hell.”

Alexander is also a philosopher of science. She is a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center alum, a Public Scholar for the New York Council for the Humanities and a director at the Dactyl Foundation, working on new and emerging concepts in science and encouraging interaction between the sciences and the arts. Her latest work on the surprising non-utilitarian evolutionary mechanisms behind butterfly mimicry appears in Fine Lines: Nabokov’s Scientific Art (Yale University Press), which has been favorably reviewed in the New Yorker, Science, Smithsonian Magazine, Washington Post, the New Republic and others. Alexander's fiction is published by Permanent. Her nonfiction is published by Emergent Publications.


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