John Lennon asked people to "Imagine." Anna Scott Graham has done just that in this story of two separate worlds - the yin-yang of what we are seeing in the United States, and indeed the world, today. Not only does she make her point in a cogent and powerful manner, she does so with an eye toward just plain good story-telling - the sort of tale the tribal elders would spin to the young at the evening's campfire.
While parts of Ms. Graham's story stretches one's credulity - such as her assertion that two separate cultures at "opposite ends of the galaxy" are biologically compatible - the story itself is so very compelling and real. We could very well be the world Cade Walton and Drew Clemmons escaped from.
Never preachy or shrill, Ms. Graham makes her point with compassion, sensitivity, and power. I think Lennon would approve.
David H. Keith
(review of free book)