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“Elderkin has crafted a complex, heartbreaking tale, entwining the lives of quirky characters in an improbable but compelling narrative illustrating the agonizing potential of love to cause more pain than pleasure. . . . A promising debut.” Publishers Weekly
Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains
978-0-8021-3799-9 • $13.00 • Paperback • May 2001
Theobald Moon lives in a lonely corner of the Arizona desert tending his spectacular cactus garden, his tiny mobile home, and his astounding appetite. He has fled a stifled, cardigan-and-tea-cozy life in south London for this unfamiliar country and is raising Josephine, who has known no other life than their cheerful yet isolated American one. But when a jangling ice-cream truck finds its way into the desert carrying two ill-fated loversone a pregnant Slovakian shoemaker and the other a mysterious ice-cream manit throws Theo and Josie's careful lives into a chaotic state. Fantastic upheaval ensues, and an inspired redemption.
Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains is innovative and accessible, funny and profound, Elderkin's story explores love and responsibility, and the joys and fears those emotions inspire. It is a rare and tantalizing first novel.