Parts per Million engages in environmental topics and the George W. Bush presidency in a way that can shed light on the current administration
The novel mixes fast pacing with a thriller-like intrigue centered on an elite local university, sharing facts and lifestyle choices in a way that cranks the plot forward, unlike other fact-heavy environmental fiction
Environmental fiction, and politically active fiction, are being featured regularly by the media and bloggers as readers react to the Trump presidency and seek new ways of understanding today's political climate
PEN/America silver seal will help draw patrons' attention to the fact that the novel was shortlisted for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction
Publisher: Forest Avenue Press
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Parts per Million effortessly weaves the personal with the political in this relentless page-turner. Part psychological thriller, part hard-boiled noir, the characters are fresh, real and alive. With a lightness of touch and an uncanny ear for great dialogue, Julia Stoops tells the story of four activists in a time of war, their moral and emotional conflicts, their betrayals and their small acts of heroism. Parts per Million reads like the bastard offspring of Graham Greene and Naomi Klein."
-Robert Newman, author of The Fountain at the Center of the World
"While Julia Stoops documents activism of the early 2000s, Parts per Million couldn't feel more relevant today. The struggle to remain faithful to the ideals-and hard work-of activism, the thrill of the rare, hard-won victory, and the navigating of personal politics, gives this book a thrilling narrative and makes it an inspired wake-up call to all of our inner activists."
-Ben Parzybok, author of Sherwood Nation
"The little-known history of West Coast, Left Coast eco-activism in the early Aughts bursts to life in this timely and important book, full of finely drawn characters and outrageous intrigues. Eco-fiction at its finest, Parts per Million is one of the origin stories of the resistance, and a primer for the fight to come."
-Susan DeFreitas, author of Hot Season
"Parts per Million is a cry for justice and a journey through the heart. Julia Stoops brilliantly conjures the social and political unrest of the early 2000s. The war drums, the resistance, the secretive birth of the surveillance state-all lit by deep emotional honesty. Stoops's keen eye sweeps us into the lives of three Portland activists-separate souls shakily united by a cause, a house, and a radiant artist/ex-junkie named Deirdre, who simultaneously illuminates and complicates their struggles. Compelling and deeply compassionate, Parts per Million takes us to a time and place we thought we could forget, but can't, and shouldn't. Reading it may be the surest way to understand who we were then, and-in the tumult of our times-who we need to be today."
-Scott Sparling, author of Wire to Wire
"In her carefully thought-out debut novel Parts per Million, Julia Stoops gives us a team of young, and not-so-young political activists at the beginning of the twenty-first century, working overtime to correct what they see as dangerous if not disastrous forces at work in the American political status quo. Stoops's adroit involvement of digital technology in the story gives a lively real-world edge to the presentation. Like a heartbeat against the center of the novel's environmental and war concerns is a love relationship laden with hopes, dreams and challenges familiar to the times. Parts per Million is a timely and stimulating fictional look at the difficult and too often thankless task of defending the planet."
-Harold Johnson, author of The Fort Showalter Blues
"The page-turning plot would be reason enough to read Parts per Million, but Julia Stoops gives us characters so fully developed the novel feels like theater-in-the-round. The questions they ask themselves are central to our times-how do we live ethical lives in the face of so much institutionalized greed? If the personal is political, how can we turn away from anyone in crisis? Stoops takes us on a joyride through the political turmoil of the early twenty-first century, bringing anti-war protests and direct action environmentalists vividly to life. Her characters may wear their political hearts on their sleeves, but it's their internal struggles that capture our attention, and make this story such a rich and timely read."
-Stevan Allred, author of A Simplified Map of the Real World