DJ Green, No More Empty Spaces

It’s 1973 and Will Ross, a divorced American geologist, has signed on to work on a troubled dam in a remote, rugged part of Turkey. He decides to take his children with him, but they think they’re only going for their usual two-week stint of shared custody, not to live there. Once in Turkey, Will struggles for control—of his family, his work, the landscape the dam is to be built on, and, ultimately, himself. Alongside these emotional conflicts, he, his children, and everyone else involved in the dam face powerful external forces—of erosion, dissolution, landslides, and earthquakes. Whether they let themselves see it or not, natural hazards impact their lives every day. And so do their intractable human natures. Science can help them understand those forces and engineering can help control them, but each character gradually comes to realize that the landscape they stand upon, and the landscapes of their lives, will shift and shake regardless of the choices they make. The question, then, is: how will they respond?

"Timely and gripping, No More Empty Spaces will make you think about how you relate to yourself, your family, and the Earth and its ever-changing processes.
“No More Empty Spaces takes us on a surprising twist-filled journey into not only a remote area of Turkey, but the remote places of the human heart. The protagonist, a geologist hired to work on a dangerous dam, must also confront his own dangerous behaviors. Redemption lies in mindful care of self, family, and planet. Indeed, that is the hard work all the characters confront, leading them—and the reader—to fresh ideas about how to fill the empty spaces within us all.”
—Laura Pritchett, winner of the PEN USA Award for Fiction

“Green’s prose is tender and keenly observant . . . . A fascinating and frequently moving novel of family and geology.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“ . . . impressed the hell out of this reader.No More Empty Spacesis a rich and rewarding read, a novel to savor, like a steaming cup of Turkish coffee.”
—Sharon Oard Warner, author of Writing the Novella

D. J. Green is a writer, geologist, and sailor. No More Empty Spaces is her first novel. She lives near the Sandia Mountains in Placitas, New Mexico, and cruises the Salish Sea on her sailboat during the summers.
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ISBN: 9781647426163
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Published: She Writes Press - April 9th, 2024

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