Angry protesters, reports of an outbreak of stray dogs, and being forcibly removed from the closet are the issues Sarah Polsky faces in the book Divide and Take. It’s the story of what happens within a small town in Minnesota going through economic hardship. Unfortunately, the choices made by residents may make the town’s water supply permanently disappear. More
Sarah Polsky was more than happy with her quiet under the radar life. She owned a grocery store situated in the same small town where she grew up in Ofiara, Minnesota. She was by no means going to be a wealthy woman, but she was content. Sadly, Sarah’s life would not stay this way. Everything started to change when Sarah’s partner wanted her out of the closet.
It was around this same time the town was floundering economically and looking at becoming a ghost town. The major industry in Ofiara, In-House Venting, was closing down. In desperation, the mayor invites a major beverage company into town to set up a bottling plant.
Although the Polar Beverage bottling plant initially seems to be a god sent to the majority of residents, the plant brings with one major issue. Water is needed to produce their products, water taken directly from the town’s water supply. With millions of dollars invested in the bottling plant the beverage company seems consigned to the idea of making production in Ofiara work. Unfortunately, Polar Beverage’s refusal to admit defeat may drain the town of every drop of water.
With an environmental catastrophe looming the town divides into three groups. The first are those who work for the beverage company and will support it at any cost. The second group are those who oppose the beverage company and would like to see the beverage company stop production and leave town. The third group are those individuals who suffer the consequences of the first two groups, and quite simply would just like to see a solution.