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The Last Town on Earth By Thomas Mullen

The Last Town on Earth
by Thomas Mullen

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Set against the dual backdrop of World War I and the devastating 1918 influenza epidemic, `The Last Town On Earth' is a brilliantly drawn tale of morality and patriotism in a time of upheaval.

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The Last Town on Earth Summary


The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen

Set against the dual backdrop of World War I and the devastating 1918 influenza epidemic, `The Last Town On Earth' is a brilliantly drawn tale of morality and patriotism in a time of upheaval.

Deep in the woods of Washington lies the mill town of Commonwealth, a new community founded on progressive ideals, and a refuge for workers who have fled the labor violence in the surrounding towns. When rumours spread of a mysterious illness that is killing people at an alarming rate, the people of the uninfected Commonwealth vote to block all roads into town and post armed guards to prevent any outsiders from entering.

One day two guards are confronted with a moral dilemma. A starving and apparently ill soldier attempts to enter the town, begging them for food and shelter. Should the guards admit him, possibly putting their families at risk? Or should they place their lives above his and let him die in the woods? The choice they make - and the reaction it inspires in their town and beyond - sets into motion a series of events that threaten to tear Commonwealth apart.

A sweeping cinematic novel, `The Last Town on Earth' powerfully grapples with the tensions of individual safety and social responsibility, of moral obligation and duty in the face of forces larger than oneself.

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The Last Town on Earth Reviews


'Thomas Mullen is an old-fashioned storyteller, and his epic novel dramatizes the complex tensions between individual rights and group responsibilities. Mullen is both merciless and measured in his depiction of the natural forces that can drag idealism down to earth.' Daily Telegraph

'A subtle, robustly written novel of compelling contemporary resonance. The ensuing crisis involves the entire community, pitting principles against passion, values against instinct.' Observer

'Thomas Mullen's debut novel is an exceptionally powerful portrait of a community losing its soul under intense pressure.' Waterstones Books Quarterly

About Thomas Mullen


Thomas Mullen was born and raised in Rhode Island and attended Oberlin College. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife. This is his first novel.

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GOR000533673
The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
Thomas Mullen
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
2007-06-04
400
0007235003
9780007235001
N/A
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